Walter Egan Biography

12 July 1948, Jamaica, New York, USA. An accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter, Egan first attracted attention in the early 60s playing alongside guitarist John Zambetti in surf rock band the Malibooz. The two musicians relocated to Washington, DC, where they joined a vibrant music scene which included future stars Emmylou Harris and Nils Lofgren. This association helped introduce Egan to the Los Angeles-based scene and he achieved due recognition when one of his songs, ‘Hearts On Fire’, was recorded by Harris and Gram Parsons on 1973’s Grievous Angel. He then formed the short-lived Southpaw, which also included Jules Shear and Stephen Hague.

In 1976 Egan embarked on a solo career. Fundamental Roll was produced by Fleetwood Mac mainstays Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, while the former was also responsible for overseeing a second set, 1978’s Not Shy. This entertaining album included ‘Magnet And Steel’, Egan’s solo hit single which reached number 8 in the US chart. His brand of countrified pop grew progressively less popular and after the release of Wild Exhibitions in 1983, the artist released no further albums throughout the 80s, concentrating on his work as a graphic artist and sculptor. He continued to work with Zambetti in the Malibooz and in 1999 released the solo album Walternative.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.