Scott Walker (US singer-songwriter, musician and producer)

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Legal name: Noel Scott Engel


Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) is an American-born singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician.

Originally coming to fame in the mid-1960s singing orchestral pop ballads as the frontman of The Walker Brothers, Walker went on to a solo career balancing a light entertainment/MOR ballad approach with increasing artistic innovations in arrangement and writing perspective. Despite a series of acclaimed albums, a disastrous drop in sales forced him back into straight Middle of the road recordings with little of his own artistic input. This in turn eventually led to a Walker Brothers reunion in the mid-1970s (although the latter eventually moved, by mutual consent, into more avant-garde areas).

Since the mid-1980s Walker has revived his solo career while drastically reinventing his artistic and compositional methods, via a series of acclaimed and vividly avant-garde albums. These combine his iconic singing voice with an unsettling avant-garde approach owing more to modernist and post-modernist classical composition than it does to his pop singer past. The change in approach has been compared to "Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen".

Walker continues to release solo material, and is currently signed to 4AD Records. As a record producer or guest performer he has worked with a number of artists including Pulp, Ute Lemper and Bat For Lashes.

Despite being American, Walker's success has largely been in the United Kingdom, where his first 3 solo albums reached the top ten. Walker has lived in the UK since 1965; he became a British citizen in 1970.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Scott 4
1968 Scott 2 3
1969 Scott 3 3
1969 Sings Songs From His T.V. Series 1
1969 Scott 4 3
1970 'Til the Band Comes In 2
1972 The Moviegoer 1
1973 Any Day Now 1
1973 Stretch 1
1974 We Had It All 1
1984 Climate of Hunter 2
1995 Tilt 2
2006 The Drift 3
2012 Bish Bosch 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Looking Back With Scott Walker Compilation 3
1981 Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker Compilation 1
1981 Sings Jacques Brel Compilation 2
1990 Boy Child: The Best of 1967-1970 Compilation 1
1996 It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70) Compilation 2
1997 Stretch / We Had It All Compilation 1
2000 Boy Child: 67-70 Compilation 1
2003 5 Easy Pieces Compilation 2
2004 The Collection Compilation 1
2005 Classics & Collectibles Compilation 1
2013 Scott: The Collection 1967-1970 Compilation 1
The Romantic Compilation 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Jackie / The Plague 1
1968 Joanna 1
1969 Lights of Cincinnati / Two Weeks Since You've Gone 1
1971 I Still See You / My Way Home 1
1984 Track Three 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2007 And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? 1

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