Velvet Underground in History

Events in Music

Glastonbury Festival

1993-06-25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Black Crowes, and The Kinks headline; other performers include Winton Marsalis, Robert Plant, Velvet Underground, Hothouse Flowers, Van Morrison, John Prine, Rolf Harris, Lenny Kravitz, and Barenaked Ladies

Hall of Fame

1996-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue

  • 1998-10-31 American jam band Phish performs The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" as a musical costume during a show at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Paradise, Nevada

Birthdays in Music

  • 1931-03-25 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1938-03-04 Angus MacLise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1979)
  • 1938-10-16 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1942-03-02 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist, songwriter and guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; "Walk On The Wild Side"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942-03-09 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • 1942-08-29 Sterling Morrison, American rock guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"), born in East Meadow, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1947-02-25 Doug Yule, American bassist and singer (Velvet Underground, 1968-73), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York

Deaths in Music

  • 1978-09-06 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1979-06-21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 1988-07-18 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German model, and pop singer (Velvet Underground - "Sunday Morning"; "I'll Be Your Mirror"), dies from a bicycle accident at 43
  • 1995-08-30 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), dies at 53
  • 2013-10-27 Lou Reed, American rock singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; solo -"Take A Walk On The Wild Side"), dies from liver disease at 71