OH native Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers dies at 76

Brenda Watkins
March 25, 2019

The news was announced by his label, 4AD, who said in a statement: "For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands".

Scott Walker, star of the Walker Brothers and one the most influential singers in rock history, has died aged 76.

Walker abandoned plans for a followup record and touring following the album, and did not release another record until Tilt in 1995. Tilt nearly entirely eschewed recognizable pop structures altogether in favor more narratively driven constructions, featuring obscure historical themes, reference to film and theater, unusual instrumentation (including self-built instruments and found percussion) which demonstrated the influence of industrial music.

Then Walker disappeared from the spotlight, re-emerging in 1978 to join the Walker Brothers for their last album Niteflights.

Scott Walker, the American singer who attained massive success as a pop star in England before veering off into avant-garde music, has died, according to his label, 4AD.

Walker is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly.

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Born Noel Scott Engel in OH in 1943, Walker changed his name after moving to London and joining the Walker Brothers. He was 76; no cause or date of death was immediately announced.

The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits that also included "Make It Easy on Yourself". He then went on to record the solo albums Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 between 1967 and 1969.

With his challenging and self-penned "Scott 4" album in 1969, Walker turned his back on fame and pop music nearly entirely. The following year he produced Pulp's album "We Love Life". His last record was the soundtrack to the 2018 movie Vox Lux, which starred Natalie Portman and Jude Law.

In 2017, the BBC paid tribute to Scott with a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Yorke said he was "so very sad" to hear of Walker's passing, saying he had been "a huge influence". "He will be very missed".

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