Founding member of The Velvet Underground
Sterling Morrison was born on this day in 1942
He was one of the core members of The Velvet Underground, alternating between guitar and bass, Sterling Morrison, born August 29th 1942, helped to build the original sound the band developed and though often not credited, contributed as a composer to many of the bands songs.”European Son”, “Here She Comes Now”, “The Gift”, “Sister Ray”, “Chelsea Girls”, “Coney Island Steeplechase” and “Guess I’m Falling in Love” are among some of the songs that he is given official credit for. Sterling left the band in 1971 and spent most of the 70’s living in Texas where he took a PhD in Medieval Literature and worked in a variety of jobs including as a Deckhand for Houston tubgoats as well as playing with local bands occasionally. The 80’s saw him returning to music and playing sometimes with his old band-mates of The Velvet Underground. The band did a last tour in 1993, after that, Sterling joined Maureen Tucker, the former percussionist of The Velvet Underground, for a tour. He died shortly after in August 30th 1995 from a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 53.
Check the footage bellow to see Sterling Morrison playing with The Velvet Underground & Nico in 1967, filmed by Andy Warhol
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