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Lou Reed

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental artists at the time. The German singer and actress Nico sang in the group for a short period-- but the original line-up began to split up. The group, at its best, made only four original albums: "The Velvet Underground & Nico" (1967), "White Light/White Heat" (1968), "The Velvet Underground" (1969), and "Loaded" (1970). They stand today as milestones in the history of rock.In 1970, Lou Reed began his solo career. His second album, "Transformer" (1972), was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, long-time admirers of the Velvets. That year, he had his first--and still only--top 20 song, "Walk on the Wild Side." Through the 1970s, he made a prolific number of albums with "Berlin" (1973), "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" (1974), and "Street Hassle" (1978) as the artistic highlights of this period. On St. Valentine's Day 1980, Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales, and that was another turning point in his career. The following album, "The Blue Mask" (1982), stands as one of his best and most composed. In 1989, he made "New York"--a love letter to his city with its good and bad, and with a heavy criticism of American thought.In the 1990s, he continued to be one of the most sharp-tongued rock 'n' roll poets of his time. In 1990, he once again collaborated with ex-Velvet-partner John Cale. Their album, "Songs for Drella," was a very personal tribute to friend and artist Andy Warhol, who had recently died. In 1993, The Velvet Underground was re-formed with its original line-up, and toured in Europe in 1993. In 1997, Lou Reed, along with former Velvet band mates John Cale, Maureen Tucker, and the late Sterling Morrison were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.Lou Reed stood as one of the most important songwriters of our time and has served as inspiration to a multitude of artists such as David Bowie, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, U2, David Byrne and Patti Smith.

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Mar 2, 1942 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series My Mad Fat Diary 2015-07-26

2 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of Orange Is the New Black
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of True Blood
Poster of Supernatural
My Mad Fat Diary Unknown 2015-07-26
The Last Man on Earth Unknown 2015-03-01
The Returned Unknown 2015-03-09
Bloodline Unknown 2015-03-20
Red Oaks Unknown 2014-08-28
Gotham Unknown 2014-09-22
The Blacklist Unknown 2013-09-23
Orange Is the New Black Unknown 2013-07-11
Endeavour Unknown 2012-07-01
Girls Unknown 2012-04-15
Misfits Unknown 2012-07-19
Revenge Unknown 2011-09-21
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
Once Upon a Time Unknown 2011-10-23
Parenthood Unknown 2010-03-02
Miranda Unknown 2009-11-09
Fringe Unknown 2008-09-09
Generation Kill Unknown 2008-07-13
True Blood Unknown 2008-09-07
Saving Grace Unknown 2007-07-23
The Drug Years Self 1 episode, 2006 2006-06-12
Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
Life on Mars Unknown 2006-07-24
Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
Bones Unknown 2005-09-13
Veronica Mars Unknown 2004-09-22
MythBusters Unknown 2003-01-23
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
Rock & Roll Self 2 episodes, 1995 1995-09-24
The Miracle That Is Beavis, Impotence, Inventors, and Canned Unknown 1993-03-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11