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Experimental pop hero Scott Walker has died aged 76

The death of legendary musician and Avant-garde artist Scott Walker has been confirmed by his record label 4AD. The American born British singer-songwriter was a huge influence for so many modern artists and he remains one of the icons of experimental music.

The news of his death was announced by Walker’s label, 4AD. “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement read.

Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, was among those paying tribute to the experimental pop hero, calling him “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.”

First seeing fame as one half of The Walker Brothers, Scott would go on to take his 60s pop roots and develop a huge catalogue of interesting and experimental music. His rich baritone gracing our ears and record players for many years and far more to come.

4AD’s statement continued: “From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged.”