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The Walker Brothers

They weren't British, they weren't brothers, and their real names weren't Walker, but Californians Scott Engel, John Maus, and Gary Leeds were briefly huge stars in England (and small ones in their native land) at the peak of the British Invasion. Engel and Maus were playing together in Hollywood when drummer Leeds suggested they form a trio and try to make it in England. And they did -- with surprising swiftness, 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. For a few months they experienced frenzied adulation almost on the level of the Beatles and the Stones, 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.

While the Walkers looked the part of British Invaders with their shaggy mop-top hairstyles, they were far more pop than rock. Nor did they play on most of their records. With producer Johnny Franz and veteran British arrangers like Ivor Raymonde (who also worked with Dusty Springfield) and Reg Guest, they favored orchestrated ballads that were a studied attempt to emulate the success of another brother act who weren't really brothers: the Righteous Brothers. Not as soulful as the Righteous Brothers, lead singer Scott Walker's deep croon betrayed strong debts to non-rock vocalists like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. While their biggest hits were covers of songs by American pop songwriting teams like Bacharach-David and Mann-Weil, Scott (and occasionally John Walker) could write brooding originals in a more personal, less overblown style when given the chance.

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 ran off a series of Top Ten British solo albums in the late '60s, which have attracted a sizable cult with their idiosyncratic marriage of Scott's brooding, insular songs and ornate orchestral arrangements. Gary Walker released a few singles and an album with his group the Rain in a much harder-rocking guitar-oriented format. The Walkers reunited for a while in the mid-'70s, which produced a final British hit ("No Regrets"). Much of the Walkers' story is retold in the biography Scott Walker: A Deep Shade of Blue, published only in Britain. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Everything Under The Sun

Disc 1

3. Love Her

5. Make It Easy On Yourself

7. First Love Never Dies

18. My Ship Is Coming In

19. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

20. After The Lights Go Out

21. (Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me

24. Young Man Cried

27. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Disc 2

1. Another Tear Falls

2. Saddest Night In The World

15. Deadlier Than The Male

16. Archangel

21. Stay With Me Baby

23. Walking In The Rain

Disc 3

2. Once Upon A Summertime

5. Orpheus

6. Stand By Me

10. I Can't Let It Happen To You

12. Just Say Goodbye

14. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Disc 4

1. No Regrets

2. Hold An Old Friend's Hand

3. Boulder To Birmingham

4. Walkin' In The Sun

5. Lover's Lullaby

6. I've Got To Have You

7. He'll Break Your Heart

8. Everything That Touches You

9. Lovers

10. Burn Our Bridges

12. Loving Arms

14. The Moon's A Harsh Mistress

15. Marie

16. Lines

17. Taking It All In Stride

18. Inside Of You

19. Have You Seen My Baby

Disc 5

1. We're All Alone

2. Many Rivers To Cross

3. First Day

4. Brand New Tennessee Waltz

5. Hard To Be Friends

6. Dreaming As One

7. 'til I Gain Control Again

8. The Ballad

10. Fat Mama Kick

11. Nite Flights

12. The Electrician

13. Death Of Romance

14. Den Haague

15. Rhythms Of Vision

16. Disciples Of Death

17. Fury And The Fire

18. Child Of Flames

19. Tokyo Rimshot

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Track List: After The Lights Go Out

1. Love Her

2. Make It Easy On Yourself

3. First Love Never Dies

4. My Ship Is Coming In

5. Deadlier Than The Male

6. Another Tear Falls

7. (Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me

8. After The Lights Go Out

9. Mrs Murphy

10. In My Room

11. Archangel

12. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

13. Saddest Night In The World

14. Young Man Cried

15. Living Above Your Head

16. Stay With Me Baby

17. Walking In The Rain

18. Orpheus

19. I Can't Let It Happen To You

20. Just Say Goodbye

21. Disc & Music Echo Interview

22. Japanese Interviews

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Track List: If You Could Hear Me Now

1. No Regrets

2. Lover's Lullaby

3. I've Got To Have You

4. Loving Arms

5. I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

6. The Moon's A Harsh Mistress

7. Marie

8. Lines

9. Inside Of You

10. We're All Alone

11. Brand New Tennessee Waltz

12. Dreaming As One

13. Til I Gain Control Again

14. The Ballad Of Ty And Jerome

15. Shutout

16. Fat Mama Kick

17. Nite Flights

18. The Electrician

19. Death Of Romance

20. Tokyo Rimshot

Comments

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You can sure hear how David Bowie was influenced early in his career listening to Scott Walker sing......ma n y similarities in style. I know Bowie covered My Death, and probably a few others.
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Full of emotions love song in my time...The 1980's!
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Unique sound!
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I'm baffled why Scott Walker didn't have the career that a hack like Englebert Humperdickel enjoyed. Very talented singer.
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I like vintage Scott Walker, but I think he has been releasing his best material over the last 20 years or so.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Marines!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Wow I met my future husband in 66 he was in Viet nam
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Summer 1967...I had only been at my new duty station at Iwakuni NAS, Japan a week or so after 19 months in Vietnam with an infantry company. I frequented a bar with a couple of other Marines, which became Our Bar. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore plays and it grabs me. I requested it every time I was in the bar. The song would have been perfect for Vietnam if we had had a radio. Still brings fond memories of Japan. Jeez! 1967!!!
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Great great song.
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What a beautiful song !!!
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Beautiful tune! Beautiful voice!
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lori.campbel l 6 4
Bette Midler did a great cover of this in "The Rose"....
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Interesting Barbara Embry-since these guys weren`t from Britain and they weren`t EVEN Brothers!Gre a t group, nevertheless they had some fantastic tunes to their credit.
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These guys are the real deal
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This is a hell of a song ... I love the song
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My station is call the troll it's so stupid radio
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www.horrible r e a l i t y l a n d . c o m and click on tribaland for some fine tunes
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mkrobles5
I wasn't born in the sixties. Born in '77, but it feels like I grew up with this song. Makes me homesick.
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great song
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ksears85
OMG!!!! That's awesome! I do truly enjoy their music.
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barbara.embr y
Kathny I grew up with these guys in England, Brilliant, aren't they.
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ksears85
Boy, can they sing.
I'll admit I was not familiar with them until Pandora came along.
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I must admit, i always thought this song was done by " Jay & the Americans".. . o h well. Thanks for settin me up right on that. Good to read all about them.....kno w l e d g e . . . . . n o w i know...thks Pandora for playin that one.
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The Walker Brothers did some of the most beautiful, sad, love Ballads ever in Popular music."The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore" is a Masterpiece of the "romance gone wrong" genre. They did a tremendous version of "Make It Easy on Yourself" as well as other excellent stuff.Man, I really miss the sixties music. I was in my late teens when they were big and still haven't heard anybody better in this ballad style.
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fonnyl
Cool stuff... never heard of them before!
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t_heath
These guys put out some great music...love d 'em in the sixties!!!
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"PEOPLE GET READY" IS A GREAT SONG BY THIS GROUP,THEY PUT OUT SOME WONDERFUL SONGS,HOPE TO HEAR MORE FROM THEM,THANKS PANDORA
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The Walkers sound a lot like the Fortunes, a truly British group, although each group has a distinctivel y better sound than many of the popular British acts of that time. Alas, not the sound appreciated by music lovers then.
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Sun Ain't Gonna Shine is truly a masterpiece & one of the best songs of the 1960's. One of my favorites.If Only they made records an 1/8 as good today.....
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love the walkers brothers,jus t not this song

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