Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71.
As founder of the Velvet Underground, Reed is known as one of rock history's great pioneers. Neil Portnow, president the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which bestows the Grammys, credited Reed with "introducing avant-garde rock to the mainstream."
Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Today Moe Tucker, drummer for the Velvet Underground, helps us remember Lou Reed.
The Takeaway is asking for your memories of Lou Reed and the impact his music had on you. Leave a comment below or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. Below are tributes to the late Lou Reed that have been pouring in from around the world.
Goodbye Lou Reed. You gave me my strength and helped me in my weakness.— Carl Barat (@carlbaratmusic) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do— Julian Casablancas (@Casablancas_J) October 27, 2013
The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was1of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede...— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. One of the greatest artists of our time.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 27, 2013