Legendary rock musician Lou Reed died on Sunday (Oct. 27) at the age of 71, but his influence on the music scene and American culture will live on forever.
The Velvet Underground leader and rock pioneer introduced avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. He also famously collaborated with Andy Warhol, and the band joined Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Reed led Velvet Undergound through four albums and numerous line-up changes, before moving on to lead a successful solo career.
Here are some of Reed’s best TV performances:
Filmed for the TV show “ABC In Concert,” this intimate, stripped-back, in-studio performance by Reed and an accompanying guitarist is of “Cold Black Sea” from the album “Magic & Loss.”
Reed made an appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman” in 1993 to perform “Sweet Jane.”
He returned to “Letterman” in 2008 to play “Caroline Says.”
Here’s a clip from Reed’s appearance on “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” that aired in December of 2008, which features Costello and Reed talking candidly.