Graham Walker - Comic, musician, legend.
4 June 2013We are extremely sad to lose the wonderful Graham Walker, who died on Sunday after his two year battle with cancer at the age of 68.
Graham was of course one half of the legendary comedy duo ‘The Grumbleweeds’ whose story started back in Leeds in 1962 where the group was first formed by Robin Colvill and Graham Walker. The band, which performed comedy songs and impressions, grew in number over the years, undertaking the usual round of clubs and pubs in their native Yorkshire and overseas engagements in Germany. They turned fully professional in 1967 following an appearance on televisions ‘Opportunity Knocks’. They went on to appear on ‘Max Bygrave Meet’s New Faces’ courtesy of Johnny Hamp who nearly twenty years later masterminded their popular TV series ambiguously titled ‘The Grumbleweeds’ radio show.
In the years in between, the group now slimmed down to the originals, Robin Colvill and Graham Walker both enjoyed success in most aspects of entertainment, including appearing as serious actors.
Graham’s acting appearances include Heartbeat, The Courtroom, Max and Paddy’s road to nowhere, Red Riding Trilogy:1974, and Coronation Street.
In recent years the guys were working as hard as ever and were preparing for their upcoming nationwide tour. They had several cruises booked, and were due to appear alongside Adam Woodyatt this year in pantomime.
Sadly in recent month’s Graham’s cancer had spread. In the music-hall tradition of performing right up to the end, Graham was joking with staff at St James’s University hospital in Leeds, and last month when he was asked if he had got everything he wanted for his birthday, he unclipped his breathing mask and replied: “I’ve got everything I don’t want.”
Graham is survived by his wife Susan and their four daughters and son. He was an active member of the village community and a long-standing fundraiser for charities, so a rather fitting tribute is the following just giving page which has been set up by his family to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
Graham Walker, comedian and musician, born 17 May 1945; died 2 June 2013