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The Velvet Underground

1942

Lou Reed is born.

1942

John Cale of the Velvet Underground is born.

1942

Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground is born.

1965

The Velvet Underground record a demo tape at viola player John Cale’s Manhattan apartment. It represents their first recordings and is later released in 1995 as Disc 1 of their five-CD box set, 'Peel Slowly and See'.

1967

‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ one of rock's most important debut albums and featuring a brilliant Andy Warhol-designed cover, is released.

1968

‘White Light/White Heat,’ the second Velvet Underground album, is released.

1969

The self-titled third Velvet Undergound album is released. It fails to make Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

1969

The Velvet Underground perform over a period of nights at End of Cole Ave., a Dallas nightclub. Tapes from these shows form some of the posthumous double live alive ‘1969,’ released in 1974.

1970

A fan surreptitiously tapes a Velvet Underground set on an ordinary cassette recorder. It turns out to be Reed’s last night with the band and is later released as ‘The Velvet Underground Live at Max’s Kansas City.’

1970

‘Loaded,’ the Velvet Underground’s fourth album, is released. True to its name, it’s “loaded” with classic songs, including “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll.”

1988

Nico, the German-born singer and early associate of the Velvet Underground, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage following a bicycle accident.

1993

The original lineup of the Velvet Underground—Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Moe Tucker—kick off a 25th-anniversary reunion tour in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1995

Sterling Morrison, the former guitarist with the Velvet Underground, dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

1995

The Velvet Undergound’s ‘Peel Slowly & See,’ a monumental five-disc boxed retrospective, is released.

1996

The Velvet Underground is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the elventh annual induction dinner. Patti Smith is their presenter.