Scott Walker, lead singer of the Walker Brothers, who died at age 76

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The influential singer, songwriter and producer Scott Walker, whose successes with Walker Brothers over the years included "The Sun Is not Gonna Shine Anymore", died. He was 76 years old.

The 4AD record company announced its death on Monday. The company said it died on Friday afternoon in London.

The Walker Brothers enjoyed a series of successes that also included "Make It Easy on Yourself". Later Scott Walker produced numerous songs, soundtracks and numerous solo albums.

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Ohio-born Walker, who began his career as a session bass player, changed his name to Noel Scott Engel when he joined the Walker Brothers, also moving to London.

The Walker Brothers were very popular in Britain at a time when the music scene was dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They also enjoyed success in the United States. He left the band to pursue a solo career when they were close to their commercial peak.

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As a solo artist, Walker released a number of well-received albums and joined the Walker Brothers for a final album together in the 80's. He also produced numerous albums for other artists and was seen as an influential figure in the music world.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead tweeted his sadness at Walker's death.

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"He had a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and my words," said York. "I met once in Meltdown (festival), a very kind stranger, who will be greatly missed."

Marc Almond of Soft Cell called Walker an "absolute, existential and intellectual musical genius and a star since the time of the Walker Brothers".

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"It gave me so much inspiration," Almond wrote on Instagram.

The record company says that Walker survived by companion Beverly, daughter Lee and niece Emmi-Lee.

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