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The Velvet Underground


Lou Reed is born.


John Cale of the Velvet Underground is born.


Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground is born.


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'.


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


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


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


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.


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.’


‘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.”


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


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.


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


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


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