JOHN WALKER was destined to become a musical superstar and icon of the 60’s Hollywood and London rock and roll scene. The combination of JOHN’S musical abilities and drop-dead gorgeous looks proved irresistible to promoters, managers, agents, and fans around the world. By the time he was eighteen, JOHN had given guitar lessons to younger friends in his Calfornia neighborhood – Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, and David Marks – who practiced their new surf music in JOHN’S family garage, incorporating some of the guitar riffs JOHN had taught them in their music, and who went on to form THE BEACH BOYS. By nineteen, JOHN was recording at the famed “GOLDSTAR” STUDIOS in Hollywood with PHIL SPECTOR and other hot new musicians and producers. By the early 60’s, JOHN and his bands were drawing huge crowds at the hottest clubs in Hollywood – and regular visits in the audience from THE ROLLING STONES, and other new rock bands who were checking out the California rock scene. Soon, JOHN would be jamming every afternoon with JIMI HENDRIX in Europe and modeling the latest London fashion’s in Penthouse and popular fan magazines.
In 1964, JOHN WALKER formed the legendary WALKER BROTHERS in Hollywood (eventually replacing original drummer Al “Tiny” Schneider – who went on to tour with THE EVERLY BROTHERS – with PJ PROBY’s drummer, Gary Leeds) where the band met with great success and went on to ENGLAND in 1965, producing chart topping hits such as the #1’s: “MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF” and “THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE” and other classics – “MY SHIP IS COMIN’ IN” and “NO REGRETS”. John’s solo hits include “ANNABELLA”, “WOMAN”, and “KENTUCKY WOMAN”.
John and the other two WALKER BROTHERS – Scott and Gary – toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia…winning the hearts of frenzied and devoted fans throughout the world. JOHN and THE WALKER BROTHERS headlined shows with JIMI HENDRIX ( introducing HENDRIX and his band, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE to European crowds for the first time ), ROY ORBISON, ERIC CLAPTON AND CREAM, TOM JONES, ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK, LULU, CAT STEVENS….the list goes on. He appeared on countless 60’s TELEVISION SHOWS in America and Europe including “THE SANDI SHAW SHOW”, “SHINDIG”, “TOP OF THE POPS”, and “BEAT CLUB”. John performed for the royal family, and has had a long standing involvement with a variety of charitable causes in the US and in Europe, particulary those for children.
In the 70’s, John turned his attention to the recording process, and now has his own recording/mixing/ and mastering studio. He is a sought after consultant for upcoming bands , solo performers, and recording/studio technicians. He formed his own label – “ARENA” – in the mid-90’s.
Aside from his well known vocals, John is a critically acclaimed songwriter… and a blistering blues/rock guitarist. His latest CD – “JUST FOR YOU” – is scheduled for release in May, 2007.
Coming up in 2007, JOHN WALKER will be a featured artiste on the PBS “BRITISH INVASION” special to air nationally on US television beginning in MARCH . He will be back on tour in the UK -by popular demand -for another SOLID SILVER SIXTIES TOUR February 21-April 29th, ending at the London Palladium. He will also be appearing in the UK and THE CONTINENT for several other shows in May, June and later in the year.
JOHN WALKER’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.john-walker.org.........