Scott Walker, star of the Walker Brothers and one the most influential singers in rock history, has died aged 76.
A statement from his record label said: ‘For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.’
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
Scott Walker has died aged 76, his record label announced on Monday. The cause of death has not yet been reported
Singer Scott Walker in London on 11th November 1970. He rose to fame as one of the Walker Brothers before forging his successful solo career
Walker’s star rose in the mid-1960s as part of the Walker Brothers, with smash hits such as Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and No Regrets.
His solo albums, Scott I through to Scott IV, were hailed by critics and thought to be ambitious and innovative at the time.
Walker’s most recent compositions featured in the musical Vox Lux starring Natalie Portman, released last year.
Born in Ohio in 1943, Walker lived in Britain from 1965 to 1970 and became a citizen as his powerful baritone voice captured the hearts of listeners across the world.
Noel Scott Engel began using his stage name of Scott Walker in the early 1960s when he was living in Los Angeles.
In 1954, he started performing with John Maus and they later linked up with Gary Leeds, whose father financially backed them to tour the UK.
Maus originally took lead vocals when they began making records in London in 1965, but the label soon realised it was Walker’s voice which should take the lead.