March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013
Lou’s music I’ve loved since hearing it for the first time, as a kid in the early seventies. I recall as an eight year old, having immediate affinity for Lou’s humour as he sang:
“Holly from Miami FLA who hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way Shaved her legs and then he was a she, she said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side, said hey honey, take a walk on the wild side”. He continued with the story of “Candy came from out on the island, In the backroom she was everybody’s darling, but she never lost her head even when she was giving head she says, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side and the colored girls go, doo do doo doo do doo …”
Lou Reed died this past weekend at the age of seventy-one, on Long Island. This past May he’d undergone liver transplant surgery. He is survived by his wife, the artist/musician Laurie Anderson.
It was just over 20 years ago, Lou sang these words:
“There’s a bit of magic in everything and then some loss to even things out”
Those are lyrics from Reed’s 1992 album Magic and Loss, inspired in part by the illnesses and eventual deaths of two close friends, including songwriter Doc Pomus who had given Reed his start in the music business.
This coming weekend, join me on your radio (streams live too) for an hour of the magic of Lou Reed, as fans mourn his loss, on a special edition of The Legends of Classic Rock, featuring music from his massively influential band The Velvet Underground and stories about his career.
Among the many dark and brooding moments in Reed’s career, personally and musically, Lou’s legacy also features some incredible positive rays of light and levity, and absolute groove, like the song I share with you below.
Click through to Lou Reed dot com for a great photo taken in Lou’s final days on earth and more on a Legend remembered.