Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) was born on this day, 2nd March 1942.
He was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was co-founder and the front man of the rock group the Velvet Underground, a band managed by Andy Warhol.
He had also a successful solo career spanning several decades.
In 1982, around his 40th birthday, he released “The Blue Mask” an album to which the song “The Day John Kennedy Died” belongs
I dreamed I was the president of these United States
I dreamed I replaced ignorance, stupidity and hate
I dreamed the perfect union and a perfect law, undenied
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died
I dreamed that I could do the job that others hadn’t done
I dreamed that I was uncorrupt and fair to everyone
I dreamed I wasn’t gross or base, a criminal on the take
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