Scott Walker had “a horror of being compared to Sinatra or Tom Jones” in the ’60s, his publicist reveals in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out now).
Keith Altham, also a famed music journalist, explains that Walker “didn’t want to do ‘trivia’.”
“He had managers who didn’t really understand him. Maurice King and Barry Clayman. They’d seen this golden goose called The Walker Brothers and that was all they wanted to promote.
“And that was exactly the thing that Scott didn’t want to be. He had a horror of being compared to Sinatra or Tom Jones.”
Along with Altham, a number of Walker’s ’60s collaborators recall their time with the singer, including bassist Herbie Flowers and arranger Keith Roberts.
Scott Walker’s five-album boxset, The Collection 1967-1970, is also reviewed at length in the new issue.