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Scott Walker
Born: January 9, 1943 in Hamilton, Oh
Active: '50s-2010s Major
Styles: Baroque Pop, Experimental Rock, Soft Rock
Instrument: Vocals Representative
Albums: "Scott 2", "Scott", "No
Regrets: The Best of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers" Representative
Songs: "Joanna", "Jackie", "If You Go Away"

UPC Type Title
652637322026 CD Bish Bosch
652637322019 Vinyl Bish Bosch
731454270526 (i) CD Boychild-Best of 1967-70
602498284735 CD Classics & Collectibles
094633164222 (i) CD Climate of Hunter
652637260328 CD Drift
652637260311 Vinyl Drift
824046421427 CD Early Years
894231300226 CD Good for Nothin'
894231120121 CD Humble Beginnings-the Early Years
731451083129 (i) CD No Regrets-Best of-'65-'76
600753369975 (i) Vinyl Scott
731451087929 CD Scott 1
646315114911 Vinyl Scott 1
600753376324 (i) Vinyl Scott 1
731451088025 CD Scott 2
731451088124 CD Scott 3
731451088223 CD Scott 4
602498230404 (i) CD Scott Walker: Collection
042283821224 CD Sings Jacques Brel
5017261203588 (i) CD Stretch/We Had It All
602498395981 (i) CD Sun Ain't Gunna Shine Anymore
731452685926 CD Tilt
036172913411 Vinyl Tilt
652637273120 (i) CD Who Shall Go to the Ball?

Biography: One of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure flop records in the late '50s and early '60s in the teen idol vein. He then hooked up with John Maus and Gary Leeds to form the Walker Brothers. They weren't named Walker, they weren't brothers, and they weren't English, but they nevertheless became a part of the British Invasion after moving to the U.K. in 1965. They enjoyed a couple of years of massive success there (and a couple of hits in the U.S.) in a Righteous Brothers vein. As their full-throated lead singer and principal songwriter, Walker was the dominant artistic force in the group, who split in 1967.

While remaining virtually unknown in his homeland, Walker launched a hugely successful solo career in Britain with a unique blend of orchestrated, almost MOR arrangements with idiosyncratic and morose lyrics. At the height of psychedelia, Walker openly looked to crooners like Sinatra, Jack Jones, and Tony Bennett for inspiration, and to Jacques Brel for much of his material. None of those balladeers, however, would have sung about the oddball subjects -- prostitutes, transvestites, suicidal brooders, plagues, and Joseph Stalin -- that populated Walker's songs. His first four albums hit the Top Ten in the U.K. -- his second, in fact, reached number one in 1968, in the midst of the hippie era. By the time of 1969's Scott 4, the singer was writing all of his material. Although this was perhaps his finest album, it was a commercial disappointment, and unfortunately discouraged him from relying entirely upon his own material on subsequent releases.

The '70s were a frustrating period for Walker, pocked with increasingly sporadic releases and a largely unsuccessful reunion with his "brothers" in the middle of the decade. His work on the Walkers' final album in 1978 prompted admiration from David Bowie and Brian Eno. After a long period of hibernation, he emerged in 1984 with an album, Climate of Hunter, that drew critical raves for a minimalist, trancelike ambience that showed him keeping abreast of cutting-edge '80s rock trends. This notoriously reclusive figure, who has rarely been interviewed or even seen in public since his days of stardom, emerged from hibernation in 1995 with a new album, Tilt. During the next several years, he contributed to soundtracks (To Have and to Hold, The World Is Not Enough, Pola X) and assisted with recordings by Ute Lemper and Pulp. He didn't release another album until 2006. Around that time, the documentary film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man premiered. In 2009, the album Music Inspired by Scott Walker: 30 Century Man appeared featuring songs inspired by the film sung by such various female Walker-devotees as Laurie Anderson and others. Also in 2009, Walker dueted with British singer Natasha Khan on her Bat for Lashes album Two Suns. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi