Singer and songwriter Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “Love Her,” and “My Ship Is Comin’ In,” died Monday (March 25) at the age of 76.
The record company 4AD announced the death on Monday.
The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits that also included “Make It Easy on Yourself,” one of two songs to crack the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Scott Walker later went on to produce numerous songs, movie scores and a number of solo albums.
The Ohio-born Walker changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers, also relocating to London.
With the Walker Brothers, he toured the world and sold more than 23 million records and appeared on numerous British television shows in the 1960s.
Walker “has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it,” the 4AD statement reads.
“From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged,” the statement continues. “The scope and dynamism of his vision have added dimension to both film and dance, and he has stunned audiences with music whose composition transcends genre, and whose sheer originality defies pigeonholing.”
The record company says he is survived by partner Beverly, daughter Lee and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.
His passing follows the death of former bandmate John Walker (born John Maus) in 2011 after a battle with liver cancer,