Much loved experimentalist, behind classics such as 'The Sun Ain't Going To Shine Anymore' and 'Make It Easy on Yourself' with the Walker Brothers.

“From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged,” the label 4AD confirmed in a statement.

“The scope and dynamism of his vision have added dimension to both film and dance, and he has stunned audiences with music whose composition transcends genre, and whose sheer originality defies pigeonholing.”

US-born Walker, who acquired British citizenship, was the lead singer of the 1960s band The Walker Brothers.

Walker was a major influence on music that transcended generations from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner to Damon Albarn and Richard Hawley.

Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, was among those paying tribute, calling him “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.”

Born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943 as Noel Scott Engel, he became Scott Walker after forming the Walker Brothers in 1964 alongside John Maus, who had been known as John Walker since his teens. The pair were joined by drummer Gary Leeds, who too became known as Gary Walker.

"Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly," it said, calling Walker "a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music".