Lou Reed

1942 - 2013

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Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and poet. He was the guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground was not a commercial success during its existence, but became regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lou Reed has received more than 7,464,512 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Lou Reed is the 81st most popular musician (down from 76th in 2019), the 520th most popular biography from United States (down from 433rd in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Musician.

Lou Reed is most famous for his work with the Velvet Underground.

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  • 4.85

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Among musicians, Lou Reed ranks 81 out of 2,675Before him are Cliff Burton, Yehudi Menuhin, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Nat King Cole, Giorgio Moroder, and Stuart Sutcliffe. After him are Cosima Wagner, Richard Wright, Maurice Gibb, Angus Young, Paco de Lucía, and Robert Fripp.

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Among people born in 1942, Lou Reed ranks 30Before him are Giorgio Agamben, Calvin Klein, Werner Herzog, Daniel Barenboim, Ian McShane, and Ehud Barak. After him are Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, John Wayne Gacy, José Eduardo dos Santos, Jochen Rindt, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Giacinto Facchetti. Among people deceased in 2013, Lou Reed ranks 18Before him are Frederick Sanger, Tom Clancy, Douglas Engelbart, Ronald Coase, Robert Edwards, and Giulio Andreotti. After him are Giuliano Gemma, Nílton Santos, Djalma Santos, Jang Song-thaek, Christian de Duve, and Jovanka Broz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 520 out of 15,968Before him are Dennis Ritchie (1941), Allen Ginsberg (1926), William Holden (1918), Babe Ruth (1895), Jim Jones (1931), and Michael Landon (1936). After him are Frank Herbert (1920), Ellen G. White (1827), Jodie Foster (1962), Richard Widmark (1914), Michael Porter (1947), and Howard Hawks (1896).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 26Before him are Dean Martin (1917), John Coltrane (1926), Duke Ellington (1899), Cliff Burton (1962), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), and Nat King Cole (1919). After him are Benny Goodman (1909), Buddy Holly (1936), Glenn Miller (1904), Alice Cooper (1948), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Bill Evans (1929).