1960s Singer John Walker Dead at 67

Walker Brothers guitarist was hitmaker in Britain
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 9, 2011 6:17 AM CDT
A March 31, 1967 photo from files showing the group known as The Walker Brothers, left to right: John, Gary and Scott Engel at Finsbury Park Astoria in London on the start of a tour.   (AP Photo/PA-File)
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(Newser) – John Walker, a founding member of 1960s pop trio the Walker Brothers, died Saturday in Los Angeles after battling liver cancer, the Guardian reports. He was 67. The American singer, songwriter, and guitarist helped the UK-based band score big hits, including “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (No More)." “He was a compassionate songwriter and a gentleman with lots of style,” said bandmate Gary Walker—who was born Gary Leeds, and, like John Maus and Scott Engel, took on the Walker Brothers name after the band's formation in 1964.

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