Singer Scott Walker Dies At 76

Written by on March 25, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – American singer Scott Walker, best known for his experimental music, has died at the age of 76, his record label, 4AD, confirmed.

“For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement from 4AD read. The cause of his death was not immediately released to the public.

Walker rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of The Walker Brothers. The band’s singer,’ The Sun Aint’ Gonna Shine Anymore’, became a massive hit in the United Kingdom where it reached number one on the charts.

He went solo in 1967, shortly after The Walker Brothers disbanded. He said that he felt the pressure of writing music for the band and for his own material, which eventually caused the group’s breakup.

“I got to work with huge orchestras and good budgets. But after a while, the formula – they still wanted the same thing,” Walker told The Guardian about his decision to leave the band. “I had to figure out how we were going to get a song that’s going to do the same thing. And it wore itself out.”

As a solo artist, the Ohio-born artist produced 14 albums, starting with the critically acclaimed ‘Scott’ in 1967. He gained prominence for unique and audacious musical style, with his song peppered with baroque and orchestral influences that later inspired many artists.

His music influenced many to experiment with their own sound as well, such as David Bowie and Radiohead. Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, paid tribute to him through Twitter, where he described Walker as a big influence on Radiohead and himself who showed him how to “use my voice and words.”

Later in his career he produced Pulp’s 2001 album titled ‘We Love Life’. He also provided musical scores for movies, such as Natalie Portman’s 2018 movie ‘Vox Lux’.

Walker was born Noel Scott Engel. He is survived by his partner Beverly, daughter Lee, and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.

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