Scott Walker became famous for the sixties evergreen "The Sun Is not Gonna Shine (Anymore)". Thom Yorke and David Bowie were his fans. Now he died.
The man with the mahogany voice has died. That's what Midge Ure of Ultravox the singer Scott Walker. Walker became famous in 1966 with the sixties evergreen "The Sun Is not Gonna Shine (Anymore)", which he is a member of Walker Brothers sang. Later, as a solo artist, Walker sang his own songs with his soft, full baritone and that abysmal quavering vibrato that became more and more experimental and disharmonic.
Were these songs anymore? His voice was rousing, and it was this range – from chart pop to idiosyncratic experimental music – that made him a favorite among fans and colleagues like Thom Yorke Radiohead or David Bowie to the legend.
1967, at the height of the success of the Walker Brothers – and at the very peak of the "Teen-Mania", which raged around the trio as well as around the Beatles – He decided to get out and retired to a monastery on the Isle of Wight, where he studied Gregorian chants. The solo work, which followed from his solo debut "Scott" (1967), was marked by the "Wall of Sound", the orchestral epic sound-and-Hall aesthetics that had invented the producer Phil Spector. Walker sang cover versions of Jacques-Brel-Chansons, incorporated background noise into his music, and in 2006, while recording for his acclaimed album "The Drift", drummed the rhythm of the song "Clara" on a real dead half pig or composed soundtracks for erotic love dramas like Leo's Carax's film "Pola X" with Catherine Deneuve – and he wrote cryptic lyrics about the thunder of world dramas, about mortality and fascism. That was no longer for the charts, but often heavenly. On Monday the Singer's singer died of cancer at the age of 76 – and now hopefully where the sun shines forever.