Rock pioneer Scott Walker dies aged 76

Influential singer-songwriter Scott Walker has died aged 76, his record label said on Monday, after a career that took him from 1960s pop icon to 21st-century avant-garde musician.

U.S.-born Mr. Walker, who acquired British citizenship, was the lead singer of the 1960s band The Walker Brothers.

The baritone vocalist began his solo career in 1967 and was credited as an influence on top British acts over several decades, including David Bowie and Pulp.

“Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly,” his label 4AD said.

The Walker Brothers scored number one hits in Britain with Make It Easy On Yourself in 1965 and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore in 1966, making him a teen heartthrob in a country gripped by Beatlemania.

The multi-instrumentalist scored solo hits with Jackie (1967), Joanna (1968) and Lights of Cincinnati (1969).


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