The American musician Scott Walker has died at age 76, as confirmed by his record label 4AD, which in a statement defines him as "a solo artist, producer and composer of intransigent originality".
"From youth idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a disturbing voice. He has been one of the most revered innovators at the end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely recognized, "the label said in a statement.
Born in Hamilton (Ohio) in 1943 as Noel Scott Engel, he became Scott Walker after forming The Walker Brothers in 1964 with John Maus, who had been known as John Walker since his youth. The couple joined the battery Gary Leeds, who happened to be called Gary Walker in turn.
The group achieved great fame and then Scott began to attract attention when recording as soloist its increasingly experimental material. His debut album, Scott, came in 1967, a year after the breakup of the group, and then released acclaimed albums: Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4.
It marked the sound of a true pioneer, who guided Walker down a path that would consider him an avant-garde icon, and a huge influence on Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker, The Divine Comedy and many more.
During his solo career published 18 albums and worked on various soundtracks. In 2017 he received a tribute from the BBC with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. His last work was in 2018 to put music to the movie Vox Lux starring Natalie Portman.