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Lewis Allan Reed is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. Reed first found prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter of The Velvet Underground (1965 - 1973). Reed was the principal songwriter for The Velvet Underground and also made use of distortion, volume-driven feedback, and nonstandard tunings on his guitar.
In 1963, Reed moved to New York City, and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records. In 1964 he scored a minor hit with “The Ostrich,” a parody of then-popular dances. His employers had felt the song had hit record potential, and arranged for a band to be assembled around Reed to promote the recording. The ad hoc group, called The Primitives, included John Cale, who had recently come to the city to study music and was playing with the composer La Monte Young. Reed and Cale rented an apartment on the Lower East Side and, adding Reed’s college acquaintance Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker to the group, formed The Velvet Underground. The group caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who raised their profile immeasurably, if not their immediate fortunes. Reed left The Velvet Underground in 1970, but the group continued for another three years without him and released one more studio album in 1973.
Reed began a solo career in 1971. He had a hit the following year with “Walk on the Wild Side.” He has recorded 19 in studio albums as a solo act and nine live albums, including “The Bells” (1979), “Growing Up in Public” (1980) and “Ecstasy” (2000). In 1996, the Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Source - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Reed