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Scott Walker

Scott Walker was an American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He was noted for his distinctive baritone voice. He first come to fame in the mid-1960s as frontman of the successful pop music trio The Walker Brothers.  He continued to release solo material and worked with a number of artists before his death in March 2019.

 

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Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) was an American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He was noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path that took him from 1960s pop icon to 21st-century avant-garde musician.

First coming to fame in the mid-1960s as frontman of the successful pop music trio The Walker Brothers, Walker began a solo career with 1967’s Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging baroque pop style on late ’60s albums such as Scott 3 (1969) and Scott 4 (1969). His solo work drew acclaim but resulted in diminished commercial sales, leading him to reunite with Walker Brothers in the mid-1970s. Since the mid-1980s, Walker revived his solo career and moved in an increasingly avant-garde direction that The Guardian has likened to “Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen.”

Walker continued to release solo material and as a record producer or guest performer, he worked with a number of artists including Pulp, Ute Lemper, Sunn O))) and Bat for Lashes. Walker’s success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first three solo albums reached the top ten. Walker lived in the UK since 1965; he became a British citizen in 1970.

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