The Walker Brothers circa 1967 with upstarts Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens
"The Story Behind Mr. Walker's Social Security Card"
When he was 17, John Maus 'officially' became John Walker in order to play the LA college and Hollywood club circuit while he was still underage. He obtained a legit Driver's license and Social Security card in 1960. Starting off playing six nights a week as "The John and Judy Band" for USC and other college parties, his bands evolved, and he eventually formed "The Walker Brothers Trio" which became the house band for the legendary Gazarris club in Hollywood, with cues of enthusiastic club-goers wrapping around the block each night to see them perform. He and his (then) bass player, Scott Engle, appeared on all of the early US Rock N Roll television shows like Ninth Street A GoGo, Shindig, and others. Their press photo appeared in Newsweek magazine, and the two signed to Mercury Records in Los Angeles in 1964 - at which time the record company shortened their name to "The Walker Brothers". John and Scott promoted their first singles ("Pretty Girls Everywhere" and "Love Her") during a trip to England in 1965. Gary Leeds, an LA based drummer who prompted and cosponsored the trip, joined John and Scott onstage for the first time in Wolverhampton, England in 1965. The three men continued the success that that John and Scott were achieving in the US...John and Scott still recorded for Phillips (the UK branch of Mercury Records). Two of their 11 hits reached iconic No. 1 status in the mid 60s:"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", and "Make It Easy On Yourself". John continues to record and perform as "John Walker". For more great stories about John and The Walker Brothers - check out John and Gary's autobiography "The Walker Brothers No Regrets Our Story".
Social Security Card
John Walker .1960
"The Johnny and Judy Four " play for Jimmy Durante's 1st wedding anniversary. 1961
John Walker (Author), Gary Walker (Author)
The Walker Brothers—John, Scott, and Gary—were one of the biggest pop groups of the 1960s. Gifted with stunning voices and drop-dead gorgeous looks, their appeal was irresistible. Massive hits such as "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" have become evergreen classics. During the time of the British Invasion, the Walker Brothers were one of the few American acts to matter overseas. Yet within three years, the group had imploded and its members embarked on solo careers. In the 1970s they got back together again before lapsing into long years of silence—and then finally all three enjoyed recent career resurgences. For the first time, John and Gary have broken their silence to reveal the truth about the group, and what led to the famous split. They lay bare the details of their private lives, including encounters with the stars they met along the way, such as Walt Disney, Humphrey Bogart, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. They tell what it was like to live in the glare of publicity and under siege by fans, and what the enigmatic Scott Walker was really like.