First off, they weren't brothers. Secondly, they weren't English, though many fans thought they were because they looked like blonde versions of the Beatles. Thirdly, they never quite achieved the type of lasting success that seemed so close at hand. This terrific biography from Reynolds follows the Brothers Walker - Gary Leeds, John Maus, and Scott Engel - from their earliest days in Hollywood, California, recording and hanging with the inimitable Kim Fowley and other self-proclaimed "star makers”) through their eventual rise to international success in 1966 and 1967.
These three knockabout musicians found themselves in California and would ultimately meet serious musicians like P.J. Proby and others. They eventually moved to the UK, and there they'd fall in with everyone from Jimmy Page and the Kinks to super-producer Simon Napier-Bell and others.
But - and there's always a but - drink and other activities got in the way and knocked the band from their perch.
The Impossible Dream: The Story Of Scott Walker And The Walker Brothers talks about all of the group's records in tremendous detail and explains how true success always remained just out of reach for this trio.