Songwriter and producer Scott Walker, the powerful pop singer turned avant-garde adventurist who influenced singers like David Bowie and Thom Yorke, has died at age 76. Walker died Friday March 22, 2019 in London, England. Born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943, rose to fame in the Walker Brothers with John Maus and Gary Leeds. The group, whose acclaim rivaled the Beatles in Britain, released several hits, including “Make It Easy On Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Walker continued his career as a solo artist with the release of four albums, Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4, before the Walker Brothers reformed for one final release. The musician has released numerous works in recent years, including the solo album Bish Bosch in 2012, Soused, a collaboration with sunn o))) in 2014, and the score for last year’s Natalie Portman-starrer Vox Lux. Walker will remember best by Euro-western fans for singing “A Rope and a Colt” the title song for Robert Hossein’s 1969 “Cemetery Without Crosses”, one of the best songs of the genre.
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