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Hall & Oates' Rich Girl Was A Spoiled Walker Brother Of Wilmette Pancake Fame

"The guy's name is Victor Walker," TMZ reports. "His dad owned The Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in [Wilmette]. He also owned 15 KFC franchises."


"The character in this song is based on a real person, the spoiled heir to a fast food fortune who had dated Sara Allen, Daryl Hall's longtime girlfriend," according to Songfacts.

"Her stories of him inspired Hall to write this song, but he had to change the character to a girl, since he was the one who would be singing it. Daryl Hall told Rolling Stone in 1985 that the original lyrics were 'But you can't write, You're a rich boy.'"


The song's subject is actually Victor Walker Jr.

Victor Walker Sr. died in 2003. From his Tribune obit:

"Victor Eugene Walker opened the first Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette in 1960 with his younger brother Everett after reading a food critic's positive review of a pancake restaurant in Oregon. The brothers' popular chain grew to include six restaurants in Illinois and Michigan . . .

"Mr. Walker graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1938 and received a business degree from Northwestern University . . .

"During World War II, Mr. Walker served as a stateside intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy . . .

"After helping manage an uncle's California restaurant, Mr. Walker returned to Evanston and, with brothers Everett and H. Richard, opened the first of four Walker Bros. Snack Shops in Evanston. The family-oriented eateries catered to teenagers and Northwestern students, serving chocolate malts and chubby burgers . . .

"In 1962 Mr. Walker and Everett Walker sold the snack shops and focused on their pancake houses. In addition to the Wilmette restaurant, other locations sprang up in Rockford, La Grange, Chicago and Detroit, where they owned two eateries. The two brothers also operated 15 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants and were among the first to bring the fast-food chain to the Chicago area . . .

"Mr. Walker retired at age 50 after he and his brother sold the pancake houses and KFC restaurants to Heublein Inc. . . .

"In addition to his son and brothers, he is survived by two other sons, Victor Jr. and Richard Guy; and two grandchildren."


The official history by Ray Walker.


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Posted on February 25, 2014

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