Lou Reed, the iconic rock and roll musician best known for fronting avant-garde rock group The Velvet Underground, started his furore into music on a different path.
Prior to meeting Andy Warhol, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and the rest, Reed grew up in Freeport, Long Island and learned to play the guitar while listening to rhythm and blues before getting his hips swinging as a member of a doo-wop band called the Jades.
“The Jades wasn’t a band, it was just one guitar and two other guys singing,” Reed later said. “I was in the background. I wrote the stuff, I didn’t sing it. We would play shopping malls and some really bad violent places. I was always, like, tremendously under age, which was pretty cool.”
While he dismissed his vocal contribution, audio has since arrived online of a certain ‘Lewis Reed’ stepping up to the microphone as part of the Jades.
Reeds then bandmate and classmate Phil Harris, explained that “one evening, at Lou’s house, we started fooling around with some lyrics and during that evening, both ‘So Blue’ and ‘Leave Her for Me’ were written.
“In those days, it didn’t take much imagination to come up with something. You just thought of an experience that you might have gone through and wrote it down.”
Below, you can enjoy three singles which Reed contributed on during his time in the high-school band: