Reed poised for posthumous chart return

Paul Williams
Reed poised for posthumous chart return

Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side could be heading for a UK chart comeback following its creator's death on Sunday aged 71.

The 1972 classic ranks at No 43 on iTunes' UK countdown, the same position as on the US service, while also making a series of appearances on the retailer's charts around the world, including registering at No 3 in France, No 7 in Spain and Sweden and No 14 in Italy.

The cut's parent album Transformer, Reed's most successful commercially, is at No 9 on iTunes UK's albums coundtown, while the Very Best Of Lou Reed is at No 25 and two editions of his former band The Velvet Undergound's ground-breaking 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico are in the Top 100. A 45th anniversary remaster version appears at 71 and a Rarities edition is at 78.

Walk On The Wild Side, which originally reached No 10 in the UK in 1972, is presently joined in the iTunes UK songs chart at No 53 by Perfect Day, which also first featured on the Transformer album but topped the singles chart in 1997 in a multi-artist cover as part of a BBC promotion.

Reed died on Sunday at his home in Southampton, New York on Long Island from liver disease.


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