John Walker, one of the founding members of legendary ’60s group the Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 67. A spokesperson for the late singer confirmed that he passed away on Saturday, May 7, after fighting liver cancer for six months.
Born John Maus, he formed the Walker Brothers with unrelated members Scott Engel and Gary Leeds in 1964. Like Jimi Hendrix, the Walker Brothers initially found fame in the UK before their homeland of America and scored massive hits such as ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More)’ and ‘Make It Easy on Yourself.’
His spokeswoman said (via the BBC), “Sadly John passed away yesterday morning Californian time, after a six-month battle with liver cancer.”
The official John Walker website paid tribute saying, “He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend and artiste.”
Former bandmate Gary Walker wrote on his website, “John was the founder member of the group and lead singer in the early days. He was also a fantastic guitarist which a lot of people didn’t realise. He was a compassionate songwriter and a gentleman with lots of style.
“The three of us had the most incredible adventure together, all the time not realizing that we were part of pop history in the making. His music will live on, and therefore so will John.”