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Lou Reed

1942 - 2013

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Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, 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. Although not commercially successful during its existence, the Velvet Underground 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 8,579,595 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Lou Reed is the 84th most popular musician (down from 81st in 2019), the 494th most popular biography from United States (up from 520th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular American Musician.

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

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  • 66.54

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  • 63

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  • 4.44

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  • 5.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Lou Reed ranks 84 out of 2,662Before him are Goran Bregović, Paco de Lucía, Yehudi Menuhin, Richard Clayderman, Sviatoslav Richter, and John Coltrane. After him are Barry Gibb, Paul Simon, Thomas Bangalter, Karl Thomas Mozart, David Oistrakh, and Robert Fripp.

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Among people born in 1942, Lou Reed ranks 36Before him are John Wayne Gacy, Javier Solana, Giorgio Agamben, Ehud Barak, José Eduardo dos Santos, and Jochen Rindt. After him are Giancarlo Giannini, Michel Mayor, Mohamed ElBaradei, Alassane Ouattara, Wen Jiabao, and Giacinto Facchetti. Among people deceased in 2013, Lou Reed ranks 18Before him are Tom Clancy, Giuliano Gemma, Mohammed Omar, Joan Fontaine, Ronald Coase, and Heinrich Rohrer. After him are Giulio Andreotti, Christian de Duve, Djalma Santos, Robert Edwards, Robert Coleman Richardson, and Douglas Engelbart.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 494 out of 18,182Before him are David Copperfield (1956), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Prince (1958), Crazy Horse (1840), Warren Beatty (1937), and Ronald Wayne (1934). After him are Kurt Vonnegut (1922), John Huston (1906), Liza Minnelli (1946), Richard Widmark (1914), Owen Chamberlain (1920), and Jeffrey Epstein (1953).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 23Before him are Chet Baker (1929), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), Cliff Burton (1962), Iggy Pop (1947), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), and John Coltrane (1926). After him are Paul Simon (1941), Duke Ellington (1899), Dean Martin (1917), Glenn Miller (1904), Bill Evans (1929), and Nat King Cole (1919).