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Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades.

The Velvet Underground was a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era - hence Brian Eno's famous quote that while the Velvet Underground's debut album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist, Transformer and Berlin.

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Lou Reed leaves £17.5 million fortune in will

Lou Reed leaves £17.5 million fortune in will

Assets to be divided among Reed's wife, mother and sister

  • Jun 30, 2014

Lou Reed's musical gear to be auctioned online

The late Velvet Underground man's touring gear is going up on eBay

  • Jun 17, 2014

'Definitive' Lou Reed biography to be published

Will Hermes to write book looking back at late frontman's life and work

  • Jan 8, 2014

Former Velvet Underground members contribute to Lou Reed documentary

'Lou Reed Remembered' will be broadcast on BBC Four this Sunday (December 15)

  • Dec 10, 2013

Stephen Malkmus: 'Lou Reed was better than David Bowie and Iggy Pop'

Former Pavement frontman pays tribute to late singer's influence

  • Nov 25, 2013

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