I'm glad I'm not the only one here who knows who this guy was. :) Looks like there's a nice write up on LR in this month's Rolling Stone...
I was definitely a latecomer to the LR appreciation club. I had heard "Walk on the Wild Side" (his most popular single in the US) on the radio in the 70's. And probably had some vague knowledge of his connection with Warhol. But I didn't really begin to put the pieces together, and start to understand his significance until probably some time during the 80's, when I began hearing references to him and a mysterious group called the "Velvet Underground" by various alternative artists, and my friends who were into that sort of music.
I'm still not as familiar with his work as I'd like to be. But I was a fan of alot of groups and artists that he influenced (as I later found out).
These are the top five best-selling albums by the Velvet Underground according to Billboard magazine, in case anyone's interested. The sales figures are from 1991-Present.
1. The Velvet Underground & Nico - 560,000 copies
2. The Best of Velvet Underground - 308,000 copies
3. Loaded - 250,000 copies
4. The Velvet Underground - 201,000 copies
5. White Light / White Heat - 113,000 copies