In 2019, Richard appeared on the BBC show "The One Show". At the end, he played a song as a tribute to Scott Walker. Anyone know the name of the song?
Another song of this type that suffered a similar fate: Ike and Tina's "River Deep, Mountain High" under the aegis of (the infernally controversial) Phil Spector. Huge hit in the UK, but a shocking failure in the US. My sense is that the Spector sound bounced off its own wall (sorry for that pun) in 1966-67 and fell out of favor on the US charts, supplanted by Motown, various strains of psychedelia, blue-eyed soul, blues, etc., as the age of eclecticism took hold at the end of the decade. The more "symphonic" sound found in Spector, the Walker Brothers, etc., did not go out of vogue in the UK at the same time, which explains continuing success by the Walker Brothers (and other artists still working with what we might call "orchestral pop").I was surprised a number of years ago to discover that The Walker Brothers hadn't been as popular in their original home country, (USA), as they'd been in some other places. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" is one of those iconic songs that you imagine has been around forever and that seems to have been designed as a pillar for all pop / rock to be crafted upon ever after.
Noel Engel, (aka Scott Walker), had a quartet of solo albums in the late 1960s called Scott Walker 1, 2, 3 and 4 which have been described as baroque pop, experimental, surreal or avant-garde. I have three of them and they are certainly a bit different; interesting releases.
Scott Walker had a string of Top 3 albums in the UK which did not even chart in the US. He had a number of other Top 30 UK albums, besides. With the Walker Brothers, he also had a number of Top 10 albums in the UK, a couple of those going Top 3. The Walker Brothers had seven Top 20 hit singles in the UK, two of those going to Number One.
When I bought the Scott Walker albums years ago, I looked up the Walker Brothers' US chart history, knowing that, surely, 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' was a smash there and that they must have had countless other big hits. I was amazed to find that even 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' hadn't gone Top 10 there. They only ever had two moderate hit singles in their home country, (peaking at Numbers 16 and 13), and none of their albums, or Scott's solo albums, appear to have entered the US Top 100.
It's interesting how some artists are never embraced in their homeland but become huge in other countries.
But 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore?' What a song!