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The American singer-songwriter, who was born Noel Scott Angel, in Ohio, on January 9, 1943, started out as a session musician in Los Angeles before heading to the UK in the 60s and having a huge success with his memorable baritone voice as part of The WalkerBrothers and then as a solo artist. Whether as part of the trio or on his own, the best Scott Walker songs have inspired generations of musicians, including David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, and Them Yoke.
The WalkerBrothers hits included “The Sun Ain’t Going to Shine Anymore” and “Joanna.” After the group disbanded in 1967, Scott quickly released four self-titled solo albums full of lush orchestration and existential lyrics which took in references to everything from prostitution to Joseph Stalin. With such a vast catalog to choose from, we have doubtless missed some of your most cherished songs, so let us know in the comments section if you have any other particular Scott Walker favorites.
This complex, grandiose album is full of poetic, strange lyrics on memorable tracks such as “Cossack's Are.” The striking “Jesse” is a meditation on death and the American dream, which combines the still-born fate of Elvis Presley’s twin brother with the Twin Towers terrorist attack. The title song “No Regrets,” which was written by Tom Rush, was an excellent cover version with Walker in fine voice.
13: The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To the Neo-Stalinist Regime) (1969) In the sleeve notes to Scott 4, Walker quotes Albert Camus. “A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” That summed up his approach to a remarkable album which included the political reflections of “The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime),” about the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact.
Walker wrote all ten songs on Scott 4 and, though it failed to chart, the album is a tour de force. Over a simple melody played on acoustic guitar, Walker’s song explores the motivation for a man to freeze himself so that he could see the future.
The tone is mocking, and he imagines the thawed man waking to meet Charles de Gaulle. The man who wrote so many songs about pain and life’s misfits sings cheerily about happy children in this uplifting ballad.
9: Big Louise (1969) Scott 3 was released in March 1969 and, for most fans, it was Walker’s finest album to date. Heavy orchestration remained a defining element of Walker’s music, and the wonderful miniature character study “Big Louise” was about a woman pondering the pain of lost youth.
3: The Sun Ain’t Going to Shine Any more (1966) “The Sun Ain’t Going to Shine Anymore” was written by Bob Audio of The Four Seasons, but Frankie Villi’s version of this epic ballad failed to make the US charts. The WalkerBrothers spotted its potential and released a version with a faster tempo that shot to the top of the charts in the UK.
Though “The Sun Ain’t Going to Shine Anymore” is catchy, timeless pop music, it is a dark song. Its place in popular culture was cemented by the fact that it was playing on the jukebox when Ronnie Ray murdered George Cornell in The Blind Beggar pub in London.
This is especially true of the rousing, optimistic “My Ship Is Coming’ In,” which was written by Joey Brooks, a New Yorker who went on to make big money in advertising, writing jingles for Pepsi and Maxwell House. The album contained cover versions of songs by artists such as Randy Newman and Bob Dylan.
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Log in or register to assign a rating or leave a comment for this artist. Angel had played sessions in Los Angeles appearing on The Routers American hit, ‘Let’s Go’, having previously recorded in 1950 on the RIO Unique label with the aptly titled When Is A Boy A Man he was fourteen years old at the time.
Capitol Record’s Nick Vent, who had already had the foresight to sign The Lettermen and The Beach Boys to the label, produced The WalkerBrothers first session in 1964. MAUs and Angel recorded a song by Eugene Church, ‘Pretty Girls Everywhere’ on the Smash label, which was a moderate hit around Los Angeles.
Leeds suggested that the musical climate might be better for the band in Britain than in the States; his foresight proved to be spot on. Their next recording, prior to crossing the Atlantic was an old Every Brothers b-side, ‘Love Her’, which was written by the successful husband and wife songwriting duo of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill.
Recorded with a 38-piece orchestra, it was arranged by Jack Nietzsche who worked with Phil Spector and later The Rolling Stones. Having recorded ‘Love Her’ the trio arrived in Britain in February 1965, and a deal was done with Johnny Franz at Philips to release ‘Pretty Girls Everywhere’ as their debut single.
On the record, John sang lead and despite performing it on TV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars it failed to chart. On the road, the trio were augmented by former Ugly’s organist Jim O’Neill and as the level of hysteria for the group rose the police were regularly needed at their gigs to control the screaming and hysterical fans, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’ had originally been a hit for Jerry Butler but the WalkerBrothers follow up was another cover of an American record, this one by Jimmy Radcliffe.
Shortly before Christmas 1965 the band released their first album, Take It Easy With The WalkerBrothers ; it made No.3 in the UK spending 9 months on the chart The WalkerBrothers ‘My Ship Is Coming In’ made No.63 in America while ‘The Sun Ain’t Going to Shine Any more’ became the biggest of their trio of US hits when it got to No.13.
In the U.K. their second single of 1966 ‘(Baby) You Don’t Have To Tell Me’ peaked at No.13, while ‘Another Tear Falls’ made it to No.12, arguably one of the greatest pop singles of the 1960s and a peek into the direction that Scott Walker’s later solo career would take, and their fourth and final release of the year, ‘Deadlier Than The Male’, from the film of the same name, came to rest at No. It was one of those songs that was destined never to be done justice in chart terms as the original version by Lorraine Ellison the previous year had only managed a lowly No.64 in America.
Scott remained reclusive emerging infrequently to record what were an eclectic set of albums until his passing in 2019. On one occasion he even delivered a package from Scott’s record company to his manager’s office; he did not divulge his identity.