Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ to re-enter Official Singles Chart

The late singer's tracks are back in the UK top 40

Two Lou Reed tracks look set to re-enter the UK Official Singles Charts Top 40 this weekend.

Data released by the Official Charts Company suggests that the late Velvet Underground frontman and solo artist’s classic 1972 single ‘Perfect Day’ and 1973’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ are currently at Number 33 and Number 38 on the Official Top 40 respectively. The 2004 version of ‘Satellite Of Love’ is at Number 139 today.

‘Walk On The Wild Side’ originally peaked at Number 10 on the Official Singles Chart. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, it was Reed’s first UK Top 40 hit.

‘Perfect Day’ never charted on its original release, but a re-recorded version for BBC’s Children In Need which featured Reed share vocal duties with David Bowie, Elton John, Tom Jones, Bono and others spent three non-consecutive weeks at Number One between 1997 and 1998, and has sold over 1.55 million to date.

Both original tracks appear on Reed’s 1972 album ‘Transformer’, which is also looking set to re-enter the Official Albums Chart this weekend. It is currently at Number 24. Meanwhile, ‘The Very Best Of Lou Reed’ is at Number 81, while 1967’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ is at 85, 1989’s ‘New York’ is at 131, and ‘The Very Best Of Lou Reed’ is at 166.

Lou Reed died on Sunday (October 27) aged 71 of liver disease.

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