Scott Walker, who rose to fame as one-third of the famous band Walker Brothers with the other two being John Maus and Gary Leeds, and who then went on to become a solo artist died at the age of 76.
The pop singer turned avant-garde adventurist has been a huge influence and even an idol for many other artists including David Bowie and Thom Yorke.
Record label 4AD confirmed the sad news of his demise on their twitter handle with an official tweet saying that in his more than half a century long career, Walker had been like a titan at the helm of British music and he produced works that dared to “explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it”.
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: https://t.co/awaFXWOkja pic.twitter.com/nd6MYVmWaO
— 4AD (@4AD_Official) March 25, 2019
The Walker Brothers were one of the biggest bands of its times and had a fan following that could very well match that of the Beatles. His solo albums Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 also met huge acclaim.
Thom Yorke along with many others paid their tribute to the late pop artist. Yorke talked about Walker’s influence on himself and Radiohead and expressed his sadness at the star’s passing away.
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
David Bowie also said that Walker had been his idol ever since his childhood. Nigel Godrich, the Radiohead producer, also tweeted –
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