Glossary entry for
Walker, Scott

The following text is from RollingStone.com's page on Scott Walker:

Perhaps one of the most overlooked pop forces in the 1960s, singer/songwriter/bassist Scott Walker spent years building a successful rock trio and a remarkable and long-lasting solo career, paving the way for melancholic British pop lords well before Morrissey's scowl brought the Smiths into the spotlight.

Born Scott Engel in California in 1943, Walker was the only child of a rich oil tycoon and a housewife mother. His mother divorced his father while Walker was still in high school, moving the family to Hollywood. Forced to finish school there, Walker embraced the theatrics of the community; a true lover of art, drama and music. He began forming bands and playing bass in small clubs, eagerly seeking a break. Finally, he formed the Walker Brothers with Gary Leeds and John Maus. They were never brothers, never Walkers and definitely not British, yet they headed to the U.K. in 1965 and plunged themselves deep into the sounds of the British Invasion.

Despite the fact that the British were still deeply entrenched in Beatlemania and the hype surrounding the Rolling Stones, the Walker Brothers gained their share of commercial success with two Top 10 singles, "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "Sun Ain't Gonna Shine."

When the band called it quits in the late '60s, Walker refused to give up.He immediately embarked on a solo career beginning with remakes of the French troubadour Jacques Brel. He translated the songs and made them his own, while also discovering his songwriting talents. He released Scott, Scott 2 and Scott 3, back to back, and the critics raved. Still unable to come to terms with life in the public eye, Walker's drinking continued along with a growing hatred of performing live. By the time he released his fourth solo album, fans had given up and the record proved to be a disaster that would last well into the '70s.

A series of cover albums, westerns and show tunes appeared in the early '70s and did nothing to rekindle Walker's popularity. Leeds and Maus had failed miserably on their solo endeavors, and in 1975, sought a Walker Brothers reunion. Walker agreed and the trio earned a Top Five single with "No Regrets." No Regrets, Lines and Nite Flites were soon released, but never gained the commercial success of their previous recordings.

By 1980, the Walker Brothers had once again disbanded, leaving Walker on his own. His talents were in great demand as Brian Eno and David Bowie urged him to collaborate with them. However, Walker declined and headed into isolation until 1984 when he released the powerfully rendered singles on Climate of Hunger. He later agreed to work with Eno and Bowie, but never preformed in public again.

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