‘Musical genius’ singer-songwriter Scott Walker, 76, dies

SCOTT WALKER: January 9, 1943 - March 25, 2019. Photo by Jamie Hawkesworth / Twitter / @4AD_Official

INFLUENTIAL musician Scott Walker has died aged 76.

He is probably best known for the Walker Brothers No. 1 chart hits “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)”.

Formed in 1964, the trio of singers adopted the ‘Walker Brothers’ name as a show business touch even though the members were all unrelated — “simply because we liked it.”

Scott Walker was born Noel Scott Engel on January 9, 1943. He was an American-born British singer-songwriter, composer and record producer who was known for his distinctive baritone voice.

His death was announced by his record company, 4AD, today (March 25, 2019) in a Tweet that read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.”

Tributes have flooded in from many including Marc Almond and Labour deputy leader Tom Watson.

Almond said: “Absolutely saddened shocked by the death of Scott Walker . He gave me so much inspiration so much I owe to him and modelled on him even down to my early S C hair cut and dark glasses. He cemented my love for Brel. He was enigmatic, mysterious and with some of his latter recordings, to me, infuriating. An absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a atar right from the days of the Walker Brothers. So many of his songs will go round in my head forever. And that voice. We lost Bowie now we’ve lost him. There is surely a crack in the Universe. Thank you Scott.”

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