Scott Walker of Walker Brothers dies at 76

Singer and songwriter Scott Walker enjoyed success with the Walker Brothers and as a solo artist.
Singer and songwriter Scott Walker enjoyed success with the Walker Brothers and as a solo artist.

Singer and songwriter Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, has died at the age of 76.

The record company 4AD announced the death on Monday.

The Walker Brothers enjoyed a string of hits that also included Make It Easy on Yourself. Scott Walker later went on to produce numerous songs, movie scores and a number of solo albums.

The Ohio-born Walker, who began his career as a session bass player, changed his name from Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers and relocated to London.

The Walker Brothers were hugely popular in Britain at a time when the music scene was dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and also enjoyed hits in the United States.

Walker left the band to pursue a solo career when they were near their commercial peak, and Walker released a number of well-received solo albums.

He re-joined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 1980s, also producing numerous albums for other artists and was seen as an influential figure in the music world.

The record company says he is survived by partner Beverly, daughter Lee and granddaughter Emmi-Lee.

Australian Associated Press