John Walker

Born Nov 12, 1943

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1943 Birth Born on November 12, 1943.
1947 3 Years Old John Maus was born in New York City, the son of John Joseph Maus Sr., who was of German extraction, and his wife Regina. With his parents and his older sister, Judith, he moved to California in 1947, at first settling in Redondo Beach and later in Hermosa Beach. … Read More


1957 13 Years Old From 1957 onwards, he worked as singer and guitarist with his sister, as the duo John and Judy. They recorded several singles for the Aladdin, Dore, Arvee and Eldo labels between 1958 and 1962. In 1961, they formed a backing band and performed as John, Judy and the Newports, until the band split up after an engagement in Hawaii. … Read More
1963 19 Years Old In 1963, Walker and Engel, with two other musicians, toured the Midwest as "The Surfaris", although the group included none of the musicians who played on the Surfaris' records. … Read More


1964 20 Years Old He formed The Walker Brothers (originally The Walker Brothers Trio) in 1964, with himself as lead vocalist and guitarist, Engel on bass and harmony vocals, and Al "Tiny" Schneider on drums. … Read More
1965 21 Years Old 1 More Event
With financial backing from Leeds' stepfather, Walker, Engel and Leeds travelled to the UK in February 1965 for an exploratory visit. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old The Walker Brothers split up in early 1968, principally as a result of tensions between Maus and Engel, after a UK tour in late 1967 which also featured Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, and Engelbert Humperdinck, followed by a tour of Japan. … Read More
1969 25 Years Old Later solo singles on Philips, and then on the Carnaby label owned by Mervyn Conn, were less successful, as was a 1969 album, This Is John Walker.
1971 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, he recorded an album co-produced by Bill Wyman at the Château d'Hérouville in France, but it was never released. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old Late in 1974, he agreed with Engel and Leeds to reform The Walker Brothers. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old He married Brandy Nielsen in 1980; they divorced in 2003.


1986 42 Years Old In 1986, he took part in a 1960s revival tour, before finally moving from England to San Diego. … Read More


2000 56 Years Old In 2000, he set up his own record label and released a CD, You.
2003 59 Years Old In December 2003, he married Cynthia, who sang with him on tour.


2004 - 2007 2 More Events
He toured the UK again in 2009, as part of an "oldies" package, and in 2010 with the Dakotas, whose original line-up backed Billy J. Kramer in the 1960s.
2010 66 Years Old In 2010, Walker was diagnosed with liver cancer.
2011 68 Years Old He died of the disease, at his Los Angeles home, on 7 May 2011.
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