Scott Walker, the pioneering singer-songwriter, composer and record producer, has influenced popular and alternative music for decades.

Walker, with an uncompromising style and desire to create the unusual, was particularly well known for his distinctive singing style and ability to transform his career from 1960s pop icon with The Walker Brothers into seemingly a 21st-century experimental avant-garde musician.

Having passed away at the age of 76, 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 one third 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.”

Walker’s influence knows no bounds and, joining the tributes, Radiohead’s 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.”

If you love Scott Walker already or just want to understand his music for the first time, here’s a playlist with a selection of songs from his career.

RIP Scott Walker.


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