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LEGENDARY and groundbreaking crooner turned avant-garde composer Scott Walker has died aged 76.
The singer-songwriter, born Noel Scott Engel, rose to fame in the ’60s US pop trio The Walker Brothers best known for their hit Make It Easy On Yourself.
He broke from the group to launch a solo career for which he is best known, including his late ’60s quartet of albums Scott to Scott 4.
Walker’s later solo work included the trilogy of heavily orchestrated experimental albums Tilt, The Drift and Bish Bosch.
His record label 4AD announced his death in a statement on its website yesterday.
It read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker.
“Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee and his partner Beverly.
“From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice.
“He has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged.”
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