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Dianne Gibbons WRITES [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 2, 2013


After 50 years at The Sentinel, Dianne looks back on some of the many stories she has covered, including dozens of pop concerts MANY of the greats of the music world have paid tribute to Lou Reed, who died last weekend.

The 71-year-old rock legend inspired many generations of singers and musicians.

It was 46 years ago when I first heard The Velvet Underground, the group he founded and was guitarist and lead singer with.

And even though they did not achieve the kind of success they might have, songs such as Sunday Morning, All Tomorrow's Parties and I'm Waiting for the Man in 1967 will not be forgotten.

Two years later came the second album, with such songs as Candy Says, Pale Blue Eyes and of course What Goes On.

Reed left The Velvet Underground in 1970 but it was not until the David Bowie-produced LP Transformer - which featured Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side - that he achieved chart success.

Glam and punk groups of the 70s, 80s and 90s recorded Reed's songs - Bowie, Pattie Smith and Nirvana to name but a few.

And this week it was David Bowie who led the tributes to the U.S. singer.

Himself a legend in the rock world, Bowie described Reed as the master.

John Cale, his former Underground band mate, said: The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet.

Iggy Pop said he was devastated while Billy Idol tweeted: You and the Velvet U were my inspiration in the 70s, without you there would have been no punk rock.READ MEMORIES LITTLE thesen Flea, of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers said I love Lou Reed so much, and actor Samuel L Jackson said: The music of my generation. Still relevant.

Sixties singer Marianne Faithfull described Reed as 'a great friend, musician, songwriter and band leader.

One of the most intelligent musicians I have ever known and a great guitarist. His songs will live forever. In my opinion he was a genius and I will miss him terribly.

And the accolades to him go on.

DIANNE'S OF RICHARD AT Earlier this year the singer underwent a liver transplant, but was recovering. Andrew Wylie said the singer had died from a liver- related ailment. Although the music world is the poorer by his passing, I believe he has left a great legacy to music lovers and those who make music.

I don't think he will ever be forgotten, his contribution was so massively influential.

RIP Lou Reed.

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