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March 25, 2019

Singer and Songwriter Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers Dies at 76

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Scott Walker, from the legendary "Walker Brothers," died on Friday afternoon. He was 76 at the time of his passing.

Influential singer, songwriter and producer Scott Walker had hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore." He died on Friday afternoon at the age of 76-years-old in London.

The record company 4AD announced his passing on Monday. His passing leaves a gaping hole in the music industry.

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The Ohio-born musician began his career as a session bass player, changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers, also relocating to London. The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits including "Make It Easy on Yourself." Scott Walker went on to become a producer.

The Walker Brothers were hugely popular in Britain and also had some hits in the United States. He left the band to pursue a solo career. After a number of successful solo albums, he rejoined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 1980s.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead could not believe the heartbreaking news. He took to Twitter to talk about his memories of Walker, tweeting:

"He was a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words. Met him once at Meltdown (festival), such a kind gentle outsider. He will be very missed."

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Marc Almond of Soft Cell also shared a tribute to the late singer and called him an "absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of the Walker Brothers."

"He gave me so much inspiration," Almond wrote on Instagram.

The record company revealed that Walker is survived by his partner Beverly, daughter Lee and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.

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