US-born singer and song writer Scott Walker, who acquired British citizenship, was the lead singer of the 1960s band The Walker Brothers. The label called Walker “a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music” and “one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative 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.
The vocalist began is solo career, in 1967 and was credited as an influence on top British acts over several decades including David Bowie and Pulp.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker,” his label 4AD said on Twitter.
“Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly,” it said.
The multi-instrumentalist scored solo hits with “Jackie” (1967), “Joanna” (1968) and “Lights of Cincinnati” (1969).
Walker found inspiration from legendary Belgian singer and songwriter Jacques Brel and from his move to Britain, embracing the culture change from California.
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner cited Walker as a major influence in side project “Last Shadow Puppets” – sparking a renewed interest and introducing him to a new generation of pop fans.
In 2017, Walker’s music was celebrated with a concert at the London’s Royal Albert Hall.