Singer and songwriter Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960’s included “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” has died. He was 76.
The Walker Brothers trio was formed in Los Angeles in 1964. The line-up included Scott Engel (known professionally as Scott Walker), John Walker (born John Maus) and Gary Leeds (Gary Walker). They adopted the ‘Walker Brothers’ name as a show business touch even though the members were all unrelated — “simply because we liked it.” After moving from America to Britain in 1965, they had a number of top ten albums and singles there, including “Make It Easy on Yourself”.
Scott Walker left the band to pursue a solo career when they were near their height of their commercial peak. As a solo artist, he released a number of well-received albums, and joined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 1980s.
He also produced numerous albums for other artists and was seen as an influential figure in the music world. Scot Walker’s record company says he is survived by partner Beverly, daughter Lee and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.
John Maus, known professionally as John Walker passed away in May of 2011. Gary Leeds is now the last surviving member of The Walker Brothers.
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