Lou Reed Dies

Influential GRAMMY-winning songwriter/musician dies at 71
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    Lou Reed
October 27, 2013 -- 12:59 pm PDT
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GRAMMY-winning songwriter/musician Lou Reed died Oct. 27. According to a Rolling Stone report, a cause of death has not been cited, though Reed underwent a liver transplant this past spring. He was 71. In the mid-'60s Reed co-founded the New York-based Velvet Underground, a group heralded for fusing elements of avant-garde and experimental rock with poetic lyrics. Their seminal debut album, 1967's Velvet Underground & Nico, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008. As a solo artist, Reed's output was eclectic, spanning glam, rock and roll and alternative rock. Several of his solo albums cracked the Top 50 on the Billboard 200, including Transformer (1972), Sally Can't Dance (1974), Rock N Roll Animal (1974), Coney Island Baby (1976), and New York (1989). "Walk On The Wild Side," from Transformer, was Reed's highest charting hit, reaching No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1998 Reed won his lone career GRAMMY for Best Long Form Music Video for American Masters — Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, a documentary chronicling his career to that point, at the 41st GRAMMY Awards. Outside of music, Reed published multiple books of photographs, including 2003's Emotions In Action. More recently, he released an ambient album, 2007's Hudson River Wind Meditations, toured with the exploratory Metal Machine Trio and collaborated with fellow GRAMMY winners Metallica on 2011’s Lulu.

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