Scott Walker Bio
Scott Walker (birth name: Noel Scott Engel) was born on January 9th, 1943 and died on March 25th, 2019 aged 76. He was an American-born British singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Walker was known for his distinctive baritone voice and an unorthodox career path which took him from 1960s pop icon to the 21st-century avant-garde musician. Walker’s success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first three solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 and became a British citizen in 1970.
He was much into the periphery of the music scene, with an increasingly experimental run of albums, including 1995’s Tilt and 2006’s The Drift, which reflected on Mussolini’s mistress, the Srebrenica massacre, and 9/11.
His most recent work was music composed for the Natalie Portman movie Vox Lux.
Scott Walker Quik Facts
|Birth name||Noel Scott Engel|
|Born||He was born on January 9th, 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio, US|
|Died||He died on March 25th, 2019 (aged 76)|
Scott Walker Career
Walker was born Noah Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio and grew up in California. Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott I to Scott IV – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era.
Walker teamed up with John Maus – who was naming himself John Walker – in 1964 and became the duo the Walker Brothers. Their drummer Gary Leeds was a veteran from the nascent “swinging London” pop music scene and persuaded them to relocate to London, where Walker has been based ever since.
Their most popular hits were Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore), and their dapper, hirsute image earned them heartthrob status – their fan club once had more members than the Beatles.
While their chart-topping hits were cover versions, Walker was also writing his own material, the pressure of which partly prompted the breakup of the group.
Walker went solo and continued to make symphonic 1960s pop, albeit with an epic, psychedelic, high-minded tone – The Seventh Seal, from Scott 4, reflected on the existential fantasies in Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.
In the 1970s, he reverted to cover versions for a string of albums but then reunited with the Walker Brothers. Their albums included the highly regarded Nite Flights (1978), which featured four Walker-penned songs, featuring dark moods and the use of electronics: it was to foreshadow the work he would do in the latter part of his career.
Releases became more intermittent but were often landmark works. In the Climate’s of Hunter, a 1984 single, he updated his sound to match the digital pop of the decade, creating atmospheric soft rock; 1995’s Tilt featured sweeping, experimental balladry. 2006’s The Drift – which infamously featured the sound of meat being punched – began a late surge of work, including a 2014 collaboration with avant-metal band Sunn O))), Soused.
Walker also wrote a number of scores, including two recent films by Brady Corbet, The Childhood of a Leader and Vox Lux. In 2006, a documentary, 30th Century Man, was made about Walker – it was executive produced by David Bowie and featured him alongside testimonies from Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, and Brian Eno.
Scott Walker Death and Cause
Scott Walker died on March 25th, 2019 aged 76. The news was announced by his label, 4AD which released a statement that read: “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement read. The cause of death has not been announced.
Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, was among those paying tribute, calling him “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.”
Singer-songwriter Marc Almond wrote on Instagram: “Absolutely saddened shocked by the death of Scott Walker… An absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of the Walker Brothers.
“So many of his songs will go round in my head forever. And that voice. We lost Bowie, now we’ve lost him. There is surely a crack in the Universe. Thank you, Scott.”
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