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“WALK ON THE WILD SIDE” music legend LOU REED has died at age 71.
Rolling Stone reported the sad new that the highly influential co-founder of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND passed away suddenly.
As The ENQUIRER reported previously Reed recently underwent a liver transplant this past May.
Born in Brooklyn in 1942 Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed studied music with the poet Delmore Schwartz.
Upon graduation, he worked a staff songwriter for the novelty label Pickwick Records (where he had a minor hit in 1964 with a dance-song parody called "The Ostrich").
In the mid-Sixties, Reed became pals with John Cale, forming a band called the Primitives, before changing their names to the Warlocks.
After meeting guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, they became the Velvet Underground, catching the attention of pop art impresario, who incorporated the Velvets into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable road show.
"Andy would show his movies on us," Reed said. "We wore black so you could see the movie. But we were all wearing black anyway."
Reed later went solo, achieving his biggest hit “Walk on the Wild Side” whiuch appeared on his LP “Transformer”.
Like many music figures of the tumultuous 1960s Reed battled addictions – most famously – heroin.
In the 1980, he married fellow pop chanteuse Laurie (“O Superman”) Anderson becoming a fixture on the New York nightlife scene,
All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter,” he told Rolling Stone in 1987. “They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”