Pop singer Scott Walker dies aged 76
LONDON - AFP
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, Pulp and Bat for Lashes.
"Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly," it said, calling Walker "a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music."
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.
Other hits included "(Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me" and "Another Tear Falls" (1966), and "No Regrets" (1975).
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke called Walker "a kind gentle outsider" and "a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words".
A multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer, Walker had solo hits with "Jackie" (1967), "Joanna" (1968) and "Lights of Cincinnati" (1969).