News - March 25, 2019

Scott Walker dies, aged 76
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Scott Walker dies, aged 76

Scott Walker, the singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960s as one third of The Walker Brothers, has passed away at the age of 76. The news was confirmed this morning by his record label 4AD.

Born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943, his musical career began in his teens as a bass guitarist and session musician in Los Angeles, where he would eventually meet future bandmate John Maus, who was already using the stage name John Walker. The pair recruited Gary Leeds and all three adopted the same surname as they formed The Walker Brothers, releasing their debut album in 1965.

Although John Walker was originally considered the groups lead vocalist, as the trio began to score hits with songs such as 'Make it Easy On Yourself' and 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', it was Scott who emerged as the group's photogenic star and by 1967 he had already released the first of four solo albums that would arrive over the following two years.

Although he continued to release albums alongside his two bandmates under the Walker Brothers banner, his solo work was early evidence of a restless musical spirit that would later see Walker shunning pop success for an altogether more experimental approach to making music. By the time of 1978's Nite Flights, his final album with The Walker Brothers, his more avant-garde tendencies were beginning to spill over into his work with the band; the album's lone single 'The Electrician' proved the be their last and was a darkly atmospheric piece of music that made clear Walker's destiny lay outside of the sphere of pop music.

By the time of his later albums such as 1995's Tilt, Walker had fully made the transition from teenage pop idol to one of the most fearless and uncompromising artists around, taking inspiration from industrial music and European avant garde trends and weaving them into a unique and foreboding tapestry which began to earn Walker cult status amongst a new generation of musicians.

In more recent years Walker collaborated with Sunn O))) and provided scores for films including Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader and his most recent film Vox Lux, which also included contributions from the likes of Sia and Greg Kurstin.

Walker leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the most unique and singular artists to emerge from the 20th century, and one that will continue to serve as inspiration for any musical artists looking to push the boundaries.

Since the announcement of his death, tributes to Walker have been pouring onto social media, some of which you can find below...











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