Scott Walker Dies Aged 76

Laura Johnson 25 March 2019

Photo: Jamie Hawkesworth Scott Walker has died aged 76.

The news was confirmed by his record label, 4AD, who perfectly described the evolution of his musical career: "From teen idol to cultural icon." However, no cause of death has been revealed.

Born Noel Scott Engel in Ohio in 1943, he began his life in the music industry as a session bassist, before changing his name and joining the Walker Brothers in the 1960s. One of their most successful hits together is The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore.

Walker left the group to explore a completely different side of music, something much darker. He released numerous solo albums — the first being 'Scott', 'Scott 2', 'Scott 3' and 'Scott 4' in the late '60s — but in the late '70s did reconnect with the Walker Brothers and they penned their final album, 1978's 'Nite Flights'.

Walker was prolific throughout his life, continuing to release records in the '80s, '90s and '00s. Later in his career also turning his hand to composing film scores — 2016's The Childhood Of A Leader and 2018's Vox Lux.

Since the news of Walker's passing there has been an outpour of tributes online, including messages from Thom Yorke of Radiohead, producer Nigel Godrich, Nadine Shah, and Biffy Clyro, to name just a few.


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