Singer Scott Walker, formerly of 60’s band The Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 76, his label reported on Monday 4AD : “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Scott Walker” (…) Scott was a huge pioneer of British music, both daring and questioning, thanks to his works which dared to explore human vulnerability “.
Scott Walker, former Walker Brothers and pioneer of experimental music has died aged 76
Real name Noel Scott Engel and native of Ohio, Scott Walker began his musical career as a bassist, before launching in 1964 the trio Walker Brothers in 1964 which will produce the classics “Make It Easy on Yourself” or “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore ”as well as 3 original opuses. He will then fly on his own at the end of the 60s by realizing in just two years a series of four albums that have become cult, the “Scott I”, “II”, “III”, “IV”, deviating at the same time little by little towards experimental music. Increased productivity and notoriety which will not be without consequences for the singer who will admit much later to having had to fight against alcoholism and depression, after the release of the last part in 1969.
After the Walker Brothers adventure, Scott Walker went solo with the production of the four parts of the “Scott” series: I, II, III, IV, between 1967 and 1969.
The Walker Brothers will produce classics like “Make It Easy on Yourself” or “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”
After taking over some key songs from Jacques Brel’s repertoire that he considers above all else, the one who in turn became the idol of David Bowie and Radiohead found in 1975 his companions from the Walker Brothers, John Walker and Gary Leeds, for the production of “No Regrets”, their fourth album. The trio would then release “Lines” in 1976, followed two years later by “Nite Flights”, the commercial failure of which sealed the fate of the group. After an absence of a few years, Scott Walker returned in 1984 to deliver a new album entitled “Climate Of Hunter”, before disappearing again until 1995, when “Tile” was released..
Scott Walker’s second career will be punctuated by long absences
After having influenced a good number of artists by his sometimes melodic and voluptuous, sometimes experimental, his crooner voice to which Bowie owes a lot gives way to a more raw and marginal sound, from which he will draw the albums “The Drift” in 2006 and “Bish Bosch” in 2012. He will then compose the soundtrack of the musical film “Vox Lux” with Nathalie Portman and Jude Law, released in 2018.
The soundtrack of the film “Vox Lux” of 2018 punctuated a half-century-long career.