In sad news, Scott Walker, singer of the Walker Brothers and without a doubt one the most influential singers in rock n roll history, has passed away aged 76.
Walker rose to fame during the mid-1960s as a part of the Walker Brothers duo. Almost from the get-go, the duo had smash hits such as ‘Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘No Regrets.’
He also released a string of solo albums, Scott through to Scott 4, and each was hailed by critics as both ambitious and innovative.
Walkers’ record label released the following statement: “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.’”
As of yet, the cause of death has not yet been announced, but his death has resonated with musicians across the world.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke took to Twitter to say: ‘So very sad to hear that Scott Walker has passed away, he was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.
‘Met him once at Meltdown (festival), such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed.’
So very sad to hear that Scott Walker has passed away, he was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how i could use my voice and words. Met him once at Meltdown, such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed. https://t.co/v33Ey91hbn
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) March 25, 2019
Soft Cell’s Marc Almond said via Instagram that Walker was an: “absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of the Walker Brothers.” Adding: “Absolutely saddened shocked by the death of Scott Walker, he gave me so much inspiration. So much I owe to him and modelled on him even down to my early Soft Cell hair cut and dark glasses…”
Adding: ”So many of his songs will go round in my head forever. And that voice. We lost Bowie, now we’ve lost him. There is surely a crack in the universe. Thank you Scott.”
Absolutely saddened shocked by the death of Scott Walker . He gave me so much inspiration so much I owe to him and modelled on him even down to my early S C hair cut and dark glasses .… https://t.co/ux5f9B1rjh
— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) March 25, 2019
Originally born in the US in Ohio in 1943, Walker spent the mid 60’s till 1970 living in the UK and even gained his citizenship.
Scott Walker born Noel Scott Engel will be truly missed.