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Velvet Underground Lineups


Year Band Recordings
Vocals,
guitar
Multiple instruments, vocals Guitar Percussion
April–November 1965 Lou Reed John Cale Sterling Morrison Angus MacLise Disc 1 of Peel Slowly and See (1995; minus MacLise)
December 1965–September 1968 Lou Reed John Cale Sterling Morrison Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), White Light/White Heat (1968), two tracks on VU (1985), three tracks on Another View (1986), discs 2–3 of Peel Slowly and See (1995)
September 1968–August 1970 Lou Reed Doug Yule Sterling Morrison Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground (1969), Loaded (1970; minus Tucker), Live at Max’s Kansas City (1972; minus Tucker), 1969: The Velvet Underground Live (1974), eight tracks on VU (1985), six tracks on Another View (1986), discs 4–5 of Peel Slowly and See (1995), Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes (2001)
Vocals, guitar Bass guitar Guitar Drums
November 1970–August 1971 Doug Yule Walter Powers Sterling Morrison Maureen Tucker Studio demo of two songs, “She’ll Make You Cry” and “Friends” (as yet unreleased)
Vocals, guitar Bass guitar Keyboards, vocals Drums
October 1971–December 1971 Doug Yule Walter Powers Willie Alexander Maureen Tucker Discs 1–2 and part of disc 4 of Final V.U. 1971-1973 (2001)
Vocals, multiple instruments
January 1972–February 1973 Doug Yule Squeeze (1973), discs 3–4 of Final V.U. (2001; both with hired hands)
Vocals, guitar Multiple instruments, vocals Guitar Percussion
June 1990; November 1992–July 1993 Lou Reed John Cale Sterling Morrison Maureen Tucker Live MCMXCIII (1993)
1996 Lou Reed John Cale Maureen Tucker Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Temporary, live and studio members

  • Angus MacLise — sat in on percussion with Tucker switching to bass guitar and Cale and Morrison to lead vocals during a Chicago engagement when Reed was taken ill with hepatitis, June–July 1966.
  • Nico — collaborator on vocals with the band on four tracks off The Velvet Underground & Nico and several Exploding Plastic Inevitable engagements, 1966–1967. In addition, about half of the tracks on Nico’s 1967 debut LP, Chelsea Girl, feature songs written by and/or featuring Reed, Cale and Morrison. These tracks are generally considered Velvet Underground songs, to the extent that some songs are included on compilations like the Peel Slowly and See box set and the Gold 2-CD set.
  • Billy Yule — stand-in on drums for a pregnant Tucker on three tracks off Loaded and at the Max’s Kansas City 1970 engagement, including Live at Max’s Kansas City; and the 1973 Boston engagement.
  • Tommy Castanaro — stand-in on drums for a pregnant Tucker on two tracks off Loaded.
  • Adrian Barber — stand-in on drums for a pregnant Tucker on a number of tracks off Loaded.
  • Larry Estridge — tour stand-in (bass guitar) for Walter Powers, June 1971.
  • Rob Norris — tour member (guitar) for the 1972 UK Squeeze tour.
  • George Kay — tour member (bass guitar) for the 1972 UK Squeeze tour and the 1973 Boston engagement.
  • Don Silverman — tour member (guitar) for the 1972 UK Squeeze tour.
  • Mark Nauseef — tour member (drums) for the 1972 UK Squeeze tour.
  • Ian Paice — session musician (drums) for Squeeze (1973).
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