Pop/rock visionary Scott Walker has died, aged 76. His passing was announced by his longtime label, 4AD, on social media yesterday.
“We are honored to have worked with Scott for the last 15 years of his life,” the label wrote. No further details surrounding his passing were revealed.
Born Noel Scott Engel in 1943, the artist changed his name when he joined The Walker Brothers, who shot to fame in the ’60s with hits like “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” But Walker, unsuited for the mainstream pop spotlight, left the band at its commercial peak, though he did return to record the group’s last album, 1978’s Nite Flights.
Walker began his solo career with the critically acclaimed records Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4, later on composing for film and working with various artists. He produced Pulp’s 2001 record We Love Life, dueted with Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes and recorded the 2014 album Soused with the drone metal band Sunn O))), among other notable collaborations. His last work was the score for the 2018 film Vox Lux.
Admirers, like Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, and past collaborators like Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, have paid tribute to Walker on social media.
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. https://t.co/v33Ey91hbn
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) March 25, 2019
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..
— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) March 25, 2019
Incredibly saddened by the news SCOTT O))). Rest in peace great maestro. It was and honor to meet you and spend a small time and space sharing your creative universe. An unbelievably rich and affirming experience, your courage and passion for the depth of the creative source.
— Stephen F. O’Malley (@IdeologicOrgan) March 25, 2019
RIP, Scott Walker. Revisit his first solo album, 1967’s Scott, here: