Scott Walker, influential rock enigma, dies aged 76

Scott Walker, influential rock enigma, dies aged 76

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history, has died at the age of 76.

The US star found fame as a teen idol in The Walker Brothers, scoring hits with ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’.

But his dark baritone hinted at something deeper and his darker, experimental solo albums tackled the complexities of love, sex and death.

Walker’s death was confirmed by his current record label, 4AD. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was among those playing tribute, describing Walker as “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words”.

“He took music to a place that it hasn’t actually ever been since,” said musician Brian Eno who, like Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie, cites Walker as a key influence.


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