Experimental Pop Star Scott Walker Dies Aged 76

Scott Walker. Photo by Alan Messer/REX/Shutterstock (26727a)

Hugely influential pop star Scott Walker has died at the age of 76, his record label 4AD has confirmed. Walker rose to fame as a member of pop-sensation The Walker Brothers before embarking on a solo career path during which he experimented with an array of music genres.

“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,” – 4AD said in a statement. “[A]udacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it.”

Scott Walker and his music influenced numerous artists who grew up listening to his work including Jarvis Cocker, Antony Hegarty, Thom Yorke and Radiohead, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, and many more. Following the news of Walker’s death, some of them went on social media to pay their respect.

Walker started his music with The Walker Brothers, with whom he released a number of successful albums in the mid-’60s and mid-’70s. In parallel to working with the band, he also recorded several solo albums which were hugely popular in Great Britain.

In later years, Walker worked as a music producer and collaborated with a number of acts including Pulp, Ute Lemper, and Bat for Lashes. He also worked on music for several movies including The Childhood of a Leader and Vox Lux.