Take a walk on the woodside: Did Lou Reed pen his biggest hit in Wimbledon?
Could Lou Reed have been singing about Wimbledon Village when he penned "take a walk on the wild side?"
Tributes poured in from around the world following the death of the former Velvet Underground front man this week, but a little known fact is that he resided in SW19 with his former wife.
Following the break up of the now legendary Andy Warhol-managed outfit in 1970, Reed took a job with his father's very un rock and roll accountancy firm.
However, London's favourite space cadet David Bowie came to the rescue having always been a fan of the velvets.
At the peak of his Ziggy Stardust fame, Bowie took pity on the lucid leather clad heroin addict and offered to produce the album that would thrust his name back into the limelight -Transformer.
Largely seen as one of the New York albums, the Transformation began in July 1972 when Reed rented a house in Wimbledon with his first wife Betty.
Bowie took Reed to Trident Studios in Tottenham Court Road with his guitar sidekick Mick Ronson where they met Beatles associate Klaus Voorman and session man Herbie Flowers.
Flowers' stand out bass line, which he was never really given credit for, was to make the song which would give Reed his new sound and give him his first real chart success, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in early 1973.
This week, following his death on Sunday, the song re charted on iTunes.
A legendary photoshoot was captured during Reeds time at his Wimbledon home in 1972.
Mick Rock, the music photographer seen as Mr 1970's who snapped Bowie, Queen and Iggy Pop among others, arrived at their suburban home to capture a now iconic hero.
He told Classic Rock magazine: "It was quite a modern house - and I’m not sure Lou would personally have chosen that style of armchair. This was during the production for the Transformer album and all sorts of chemical problems were going down.
"I think Lou wore a suit at the instigation of David or Angie [Bowie’s then wife]. Somehow they persuaded him to go absolutely glam. Lou never wore it again. He was more comfortable with his leathery and dark image."
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