The record label 4AD today announced the passing of Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel), the experimental songwriter who inspired countless acts today. The label laid out a nice tribute and history of all of his accomplishments here.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.
You would have heard him either as part of The Walker Brothers or later as a solo artist.
The Walker Brothers were hugely popular in Britain at a time when the music scene was dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They also enjoyed hits in the United States. He left the band to pursue a solo career when they were near their commercial peak. [USA Today]
I was in a band that used to cover “Shutout” which is a rocker live.
The Guardian has shared a set of photos throughout his life, definitely go check them out here.
Scott Walker has been 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