Californians Scott Engel, John Maus, and Gary Leeds formed the Walker Brothers, and deliberately aimed for British success in the early ’60s. And they did. They hit the top of the British charts with Make It Easy on Yourself in 1965.
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore repeated the feat the following year, and the group also had U.K. hits with My Ship Is Coming In, (Baby) You Don’t Have to Tell Me, Another Tear Falls and others.
The Walker Brothers boasted a fan club in Europe bigger than even The Beatles, though in the U.S. (where they rarely performed) only “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” entered the Top 20.
In the intensely competitive days of 1967, the Walkers’ brand of pop suddenly become passé, and the group disbanded in the face of diminishing success and Scott’s increasingly fruitful solo career.
Scott’s solo albums still keep him in the limelight.
Gary Leeds also continued with a new band, The Rain.
The Walker Brothers reunited for a moment a decade after their first triumphs, making one last mark on the British Top 10 with a cover of Tom Rush’s No Regrets.
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