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Scott Walker (singer)

British-American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer (1943–2019) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Noel Scott Engel (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019),[1] better known by his stage name Scott Walker, was an American-British singer-songwriter and record producer who resided in England. Walker was known for his emotive voice and his unorthodox stylistic path which took him from being a teen pop icon in the 1960s to an avant-garde musician from the 1990s to his death.[2][3] Walker's success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first four solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 onward and became a UK citizen in 1970.[4]

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Scott Walker
Walker on Dutch TV, 1968
Walker on Dutch TV, 1968
Background information
Birth nameNoel Scott Engel
Born(1943-01-09)January 9, 1943
Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 22, 2019(2019-03-22) (aged 76)
London, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1958–2019

Rising to fame in the mid-1960s as frontman of the pop music trio the Walker Brothers, he began a solo career with 1967's Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging style on late-1960s baroque pop albums such as Scott 3 and Scott 4 (both 1969).[5][6] After sales of his solo work started to decrease, he reunited with the Walker Brothers in the mid-1970s.[2][3] From the mid-1980s onward, Walker revived his solo career while moving in an increasingly avant-garde direction;[6][7][8] of this period in his career, The Guardian said "imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen".[3] Walker's 1960s recordings were highly regarded by the 1980s UK underground music scene, and gained a cult following.

Walker continued to record until 2018. He was described by the BBC upon his death as "one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history".[9]