Lou Reed

1942 - 2013

Lou Reed

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 5,863,282 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 78th most popular musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.9M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.00

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 59

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.15

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Lou Reed ranks 78 out of 2,258Before him are Charlie Parker, Carlos Santana, Giorgio Moroder, Cliff Burton, Syd Barrett, and Dean Martin. After him are Victor Borge, Sviatoslav Richter, Paco de Lucía, Duke Ellington, Benny Andersson, and Lady Gaga.

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Among people born in 1942, Lou Reed ranks 25Before him are Michael Haneke, Brian Jones, Calvin Klein, Joe Biden, Daniel Barenboim, and Ehud Barak. After him are Ian McShane, Ted Kaczynski, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Mohamed ElBaradei, Javier Solana, and Jochen Rindt. Among people deceased in 2013, Lou Reed ranks 16Before him are Frederick Sanger, Douglas Engelbart, Tom Clancy, Giulio Andreotti, Ronald Coase, and Giuliano Gemma. After him are Paul Walker, Nílton Santos, Robert Edwards, Donald A. Glaser, Djalma Santos, and François Jacob.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 433 out of 12,171Before him are Janet Leigh (1927), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), Sidney Sheldon (1917), Anthony Perkins (1932), Dean Martin (1917), and 50 Cent (1975). After him are Stevie Wonder (1950), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Michael Porter (1947), John Glenn (1921), and Joseph Henry (1797).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Lou Reed ranks 24Before him are Robert Johnson (1911), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), John Coltrane (1926), Charlie Parker (1920), Cliff Burton (1962), and Dean Martin (1917). After him are Duke Ellington (1899), Lady Gaga (1986), Benny Goodman (1909), Nat King Cole (1919), Bill Haley (1925), and Alice Cooper (1948).