'A titan': Scott Walker dies aged 76

'A titan': Scott Walker dies aged 76

Scott Walker has died at the age of 76.

Walker’s label, 4AD, confirmed the news today (March 25) in a statement, while Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and film composer David Arnold are among those to have paid tribute to the musician, who was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943.

The cause of death has not yet been announced and Walker is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.

In a statement posted on its website, 4AD 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 label, which has been working with Walker for 15 years, described him as, “a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it.”

Beginning with Take It Easy With The Walker Brothers in 1965, Walker released eight studio albums with the trio, alongside John Walker (born John Maus) and Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds).

The group enjoyed mainstream success in the UK for the rest of the decade, only for Walker to retreat from the limelight. As 4AD’s statement put it: “The superstar lifestyle and fame was not for Scott”. Walker would withdraw from the music business periodically throughout his career.

His first solo album was 1967’s Scott, the first of a celebrated series of four ‘numbered’ albums. An original score for 2018 film Vox Lux, on which Sia also features, was Walker’s most recent release

According to Official Charts Company data, Walker’s biggest-selling solo album is 1967’s Scott (42,269 sales). The Walker Brothers’ The Collection is the group’s highest seller, with 67,132 sales.

Scroll down for a selection of music industry tributes to Scott Walker.

 

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