LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Prolific singer-songwriter and producer Scott Walker has passed away at the age of 76.
The death was announced in a statement by Walker’s record label 4AD on Monday (March 25):
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. 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. 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, who was born in Ohio in 1943, started his career as a session musician before rising to fame as a member of The Walker Brothers during the 1960s. The group, which was known for hits such as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” maintained a level of acclaim that rivaled that of The Beatles in Britain.
Later in life, Walker became known as an enigmatic pioneer of experimental avant-garde, working across multiple genres and mediums.
“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,” wrote 4AD. “The scope and dynamism of his vision have added dimension to both film and dance, and he has stunned audiences with music whose composition transcends genre, and whose sheer originality defies pigeonholing.”
His cause of death has not been revealed.