9 May 2011

Walker Brothers member dies at 67

4:30 pm on 9 May 2011

One of the Walker Brothers, a pop group that enjoyed chart success in the mid-1960s, has died at the age of 67.

John Walker - real name John Maus - died at his Los Angeles home on 7 May. He had been suffering from with liver cancer.

Three unrelated Americans - Scott Engel, Maus and Gary Leeds - formed the Walker Brothers in 1964. Based in Britain, they had several big hits, including "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More".

They broke up in 1967 when lead singer Scott Walker went solo but got together again briefly in the 1970s.

Paying tribute on his website, Gary Walker says: "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 realising that we were part of pop history in the making."