John Walker, a founding member of the Walker Brothers, lost his six month battle with liver cancer on Saturday (May 7).
]]>official website confirms his passing with a statement that reads, “It is with our deepest sadness to report that Mr. John Walker passed away in his Los Angeles area home on May 7, 2011. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste.” Born John Maus, he formed the band alongside Scott Engel and Gary Leeds in 1964. The unrelated American musicians adopted the name “Walker,” and earned fame in the UK before their hits “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More)” and “Make It Easy on Yourself” made it big in the US. Former bandmate Gary 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 realize. He was a compassionate song-writer and a gentleman with lots of style.” Adding, “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.” Watch a performance by the group circa 1965 below.