John Cale Says Goodbye To ‘school-yard Buddy’ Lou Reed

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October 27, 2013 | 7:25pm EST

Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale has added his own tribute to those pouring in for Lou Reed, who died on Sunday, revealing he has lost his “school-yard buddy”.
The Welshman formed the influential group with Reed in 1965 and often collaborated with him after he left the band in 1968. He and drummer Maureen Tucker are the only remaining original members of the Velvets.
Taking to his page on Sunday, Cale wrote, “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’.”
Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison died in 1995 and Nico, who contributed vocals to four songs of the band’s debut album, died in 1988.
The Doors star John Densmore has also offered a tribute to Reed via, writing, “The soul of NYC has broken on thru (sic). Much respect, Lou.”