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The Walker Brothers

Background information
GenresPop
LabelsPhilips , Smash , GTO
OriginLos Angeles, California , United States
Years active1964-1968, 1975-1978
General
Past membersScott Walker (deceased) Gary Walker John Walker (deceased)

Scott Walker, who with his American pop group, Walker Brothers, became a teenage idol in Britain in the 1960s, but who later immersed himself in experimental music that influenced artists like David Bowie and Radiohead, died on Friday in London. He was 76. His record label, 4AD, said the cause was cancer. He had been living in England since the 1960s. Walker Brothers arrived in England in early 1965, reversing the earlier British invasion of America. There, group Make up of Mr. Walker, dramatic baritone who plays bass; John Maus, guitarist and vocalist; and Gary Leeds, drummer, all of whom use the surname Walker to find success that had eluded them in the United States. Though their popularity never reached Beatlemania levels, their fans, like those of the Beatles, would scream during their performances and, in one harrowing incident, turn over van taking them from concert in Dublin. Evoking the blue-eyed soul of Righteous Brothers, Walker Brothers had several hits, two of which rise to No. 1 on British charts: Make It Easy on Yourself, ballad by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore, which had first been Record by Frankie Valli of Four Seasons. Both songs also rose to the Top 20 of Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Mr. Walker left the group in 1967 to start a solo career that become rejection of his rock-Star phase. In one iteration, he Record songs by Belgian singer and songwriter Jacques Brel. But his most critical period was retreat into studio to create avant-garde music that was hard to categorize: ominous and clangorous, existential and electronic, With big blocks of sound, his baritone voice now used to almost operatic effect. For many years, he has not appeared in concert. Reviewing recording on which Mr. Walker collaborated with metal band Sunn O in 2014, Ben Ratliff of New York Times described his music as intricate puzzles of shock, indiscretion, non-resolution, theatrical uses of text and extended technique, often with a 40-piece orchestra. He added that Mr. Walker was always looking for whoops factor moment of incomprehension from listener. In message on Twitter, Thom Yorke, lead singer and main songwriter of Radiohead, wrote that Mr. Walker had shown him how he could use my voice and words. Meet him once at Meltdown, he add, referring to the annual music and art festival in England, such a kind gentle outsider. Noel Scott Engel was born on Jan 9 1943, in Hamilton, Ohio, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati, only child of Noel and Elizabeth Marie Fortier Engel. His father was an oil company geologist whose job takes family to various cities. When Scott was about 6, his parents divorce, and he came to live in Denver with his mother. They subsequently moved to New York, where in the mid-1950s Scott, still a schoolboy, began his entertainment career.

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History

Walker Brothers was a 1960's pop group founded in California in 1964, that ultimately found fame and fortune in the UK rather than in their homeland. They had a number of Top Ten albums and singles in the UK during the period 1965-1968, including 1 Chart hits With Make It Easy on Yourself and Sun ain't Gonna Shine, both of which also Make US Top twenty. The trio of Scott Walker, Gary Walker, and John Walker moved from the US to Britain in 1965. Like Ramones, they were not relate, and adopt the same last name as show business touch. They had only minor success in the US, but Top UK Singles Charts With Make It Easy on Yourself in 1965 and Sun ain't Gonna Shine in 1966. After the UK tour in late 1967, which also featured Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, and Engelbert Humperdinck, followed by a tour of Japan in 1968, group officially disband. After the group disband, all three members score US and UK Chart hits, under their Walker names. Reforming in 1974, Walker Brothers recorded a version of Tom Rush's No Regrets which soared into the British Top Ten after an absence of over a decade. However, three albums that follow sold poorly: No Regrets, Lines, and Nite Flights. Scott Walker's tracks on final album, Nite Flights, lay the stylistic groundwork for his later solo career. John Walker died at his Los Angeles home on May 7 2011

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