Scott Walker, the lead singer of the American pop trio Walker Brothers, dies at age 76

The Ohio-born singer, songwriter and producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a session bass player, changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers


                            Scott Walker, the lead singer of the American pop trio Walker Brothers, dies at age 76

By Gregory Katz

LONDON (AP) — Influential singer, songwriter and producer Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," has died. He was 76.

The record company 4AD announced the death on Monday. The company said he died Friday afternoon in London.

The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits that also included "Make It Easy on Yourself." Scott Walker later went on to produce numerous songs, movie scores and a number of solo albums.

American pop group The Walker Brothers, from left to right John Walker (born John Maus), Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds) and Scott Walker (born Scott Engel) (Getty Images)
American pop group The Walker Brothers, from left to right John Walker (born John Maus), Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds) and Scott Walker (born Scott Engel) (Getty Images)

The Ohio-born Walker, who began his career as a session bass player, changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers, also relocating to London.

The Walker Brothers were hugely popular in Britain at a time when the music scene was dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They also enjoyed hits in the United States. He left the band to pursue a solo career when they were near their commercial peak.

As a solo artist, Walker released a number of well-received albums, and joined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 1980s. He also produced numerous albums for other artists and was seen as an influential figure in the music world.

American pop trio the Walker Brothers; Scott Walker (born Scott Engel), John Walker (born John Maus) and Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds), celebrate their UK chart success in a British pub (Getty Images)
American pop trio the Walker Brothers; Scott Walker (born Scott Engel), John Walker (born John Maus) and Gary Walker (born Gary Leeds), celebrate their UK chart success in a British pub (Getty Images)

Thom Yorke of Radiohead tweeted his sadness at Walker's death.

"He was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words," York said. "Met him once at Meltdown (festival), such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed."

Marc Almond of Soft Cell called Walker an "absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of the Walker Brothers."

"He gave me so much inspiration," Almond wrote on Instagram.

The record company says Walker is survived by partner Beverly, daughter Lee and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.

American pop trio the Walker Brothers peforming on stage, mid 1960s. John Walker, born John Maus, is singing and Scott Walker, born Scott Engel, plays bass, mid 1960s (Getty Images)
American pop trio the Walker Brothers peforming on stage, mid 1960s. John Walker, born John Maus, is singing and Scott Walker, born Scott Engel, plays bass, mid 1960s (Getty Images)