The Walker Brothers
|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||60s pop baroque pop oldies classic rock|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Hailing from America but transposed to England in the mid-60s, this hit trio comprised Scott Walker (Noel Scott Engel, 9 January 1943, Hamilton, Ohio; USA), John Walker (b. John Maus, 12 November 1943, New York; USA) and Gary Walker (b. Gary Leeds, 3 September 1944, Glendale, California; USA). Leeds, an ex-member of the Standells, had discovered former session bass player Engel appearing with Maus in an ensemble called the Dalton Brothers. In 1964, the trio changed their name to the Walker Brothers and following a false start at home decided to relocate to the UK. After arriving in February 1965, they fell into the hands of manager Maurice King and were soon signed to Philips Records. Their debut, Pretty Girls Everywhere, featured Maus as lead vocalist, but it was the Engel-voiced follow-up, Love Her, which cracked the UK Top 20 in May 1965. By this time, Scott was the chosen a-side main vocalist, with Maus providing the strong...