Scott Walker, the singer, songwriter and producer who rose to fame as part of The Walker Brothers, has died aged 76.
The death of the uncompromising 21st-century avant-garde musician was confirmed by his label earlier this morning. Walker, whose work inspired some of alternative music’s most influential of names, has links to some of the greatest records ever made.
Having passed away, Walker was described as an icon to many. “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality,” his label 4AD said when announcing the news. “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.”
Now, as many remember the work of Walker, tributes have begun to arrive on social media. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, said: “So very sad to hear that Scott Walker has passed away, he was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words. Met him once at Meltdown, such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed.”
Yorke was joined by Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, who added: “So very sad to hear about Scott Walker…. truly one of the greats.. so unique and a real artist. On my way to work on the first day of recording OK Computer I passed him riding his bike on Chiswick High Street.. and when I got to the studio Thom was holding a copy of Scott 4… I took that as a good omen.”