The Velvet Underground
Released final album with Lou Reed, Loaded
Released contemplative third album, The Velvet Underground
Released White Light/White Heat, an aggressive, feedback-driven album featuring the 18-minute epic "Sister Ray"
Released their seminal first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Played their first gig, at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey.
Before The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed worked as a songwriter for budget rock label Pickwick Records.
The group got its name from the title of a 1963 book about seamy sexual practices by Michael Leigh.
In 1966, Andy Warhol made The Velvet Underground & Nico: A Symphony of Sound, a cinema verite film documenting a studio improvisation by the band.