I was a big fan of Lou Reed in the late 1960s for all the wrong reasons so news of his death from complications following a liver transplant (see the pattern?) was sad to hear.
Most people spent the 60s listening to R+B or San Fransisco sound and when I mention Lou Reed they give me a puzzled look until I mention his one venture into the Top 40 “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Another song of his that got a lot of covers was “Sweet Jane” most notably by the Cowboy Junkies.
The irony is that I just heard a Lou Reed song in a car commercial for the first time “It’s Such a Perfect Day.” I was a little puzzled who their target demographic was.
Although never a Top 40 success he was extremely influential amongst musicians and arguably the Grandfather of punk rock.