Lou Reed longed to play rock and roll a common dream, perhaps, but Reed was different. By his teens, he had learned to play guitar, had made his first record, Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born in Brooklyn, New York) is a legendary American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. Reed first found prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter of The Velvet Underground (1965 - 1973). The band gained relatively little notice during its life, but is considered by some to be the seed from which much alternative rock music sprang. As a guitarist, he made use of distortion, volume-driven feedback, and non-standard tunings. Reed began a long and eclectic solo career in 1971. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", By the late 1980s, however, Reed had won wide recognition as an elder statesman of rock. In 1993, Reed joined the other members of the Velvet Underground in a final, reunion tour of Europe. He got married on Valentine's Day, and he speaks glowingly of his love, Laurie Anderson. One of the last albums, with the hopeful title, Set the Twilight Reeling, is spectacular. He is now a successful photographer with exhibits all over the worlds in private galleries and museums.