Scott Walker, the American-born British singer who enjoyed pop success with The Walker Brothers in the 1960s before going on to forge a unique and uncompromising solo career, has died at the age of 76.

Walker's record label announced his death with a statement that reads, "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."

The Walker Brothers

Walker's real name was Noel Scott Engel. He changed his name professionally when he joined The Walker Brothers alongside Gary Walker and John Walker, whose real name John Maus.

They enjoyed hits like The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself in the 1960s, before Scot Walker quit, turned his back on stardom and embarked on a more creative solo career.

The first four albums - Scott (1967), Scott 2 (1968), Scott 3 (1969), and Scott: Scott Walker Sings Songs from his TV Series , later re-titled Scott 4 (1969) - are all now regarded as classics, as he went down a darker, less commercial path.

In more recent times, his work became increasingly experimental and avant garde, while he also worked on film soundtracks such as the recent Natalie Portman movie Vox Lux.

The Walker Brothers 

"For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality," the statement continued.

"Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music, audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the late star.

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