Obituary: Gramophone Editor Malcolm Walker Dies at 82

By Francisco Salazar

Gramophone Magazine has announced the death of Malcolm Walker, the company’s former Editor. He died at the age of 82.

Walker was the son of the distinguished bass Norman Walker and the mezzo and pianist Merle Miller, Malcolm. At an early age he got a job in the classical department of HMV’s flagship London and later worked with John Whittle in the Classical Division of the company’s UK branch, EMI Records.

During his time at EMI he attended the recording sessions of such artists as Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli. In 1965, he joined Gramophone as Assistant Editor and in October 1972 became the magazine’s Editor, a post he held until January 1980. He would eventually step down due to ill health.

However, he continued working for the magazine and oversaw the various discographies and catalogs published by the company, including the quarterly Gramophone LP Record Catalogue.

He then resumed working, on a freelance basis, at EMI and assisted on numerous catalog projects, among other responsibilities.