Doug Yule

Born Feb 25, 1947

Douglas Alan Yule is an American musician and singer, most notable for being a member of The Velvet Underground from 1968 to 1973.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Yule.


1947 Birth Born on February 25, 1947.


1966 19 Years Old In 1966 and 1967 he played with the Grass Managerie and other bands in Boston, New York, and California. … Read More


1968 - 1969 2 More Events
1971 24 Years Old Following the release of Loaded in Europe in the spring of 1971, Morrison left the group in August to resume his academic studies in Texas, and was replaced by Willie Alexander on keyboards. … Read More
1972 25 Years Old 1 More Event
With no original band members left, and with a group of quickly assembled musicians, Yule played the final shows as the Velvet Underground in 1972.
1973 26 Years Old It was released in February 1973 in the UK only, and is in essence a Doug Yule solo album, though presented as a Velvet Underground album due to band manager Steve Sesnick's contractual agreement with Polydor, and due to the success of Live at Max's Kansas City, which had received positive reviews the previous year. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old In 1974, Lou Reed contacted Yule to contribute a melodic bass track on his solo album Sally Can't Dance (1974), (on the song "Billy", which closes the album) and joined Reed's band for the subsequent US & European tour as his guitar player.
1975 28 Years Old Following the tour the band dissolved, but Yule was called back by Reed in 1975 to record several guitar and bass tracks for his upcoming album Coney Island Baby, the 30th anniversary re-issue of which includes the bonus tracks that feature Yule on bass and guitar.
1976 29 Years Old In early 1976 Yule was tapped to do session guitar work on Night Lights (1976) by Elliott Murphy, and then he joined the band American Flyer later that year as their drummer and background singer. American Flyer was an active country rock band from 1976 to 1978, and the band also featured the guitarist Steve Katz of Blood, Sweat & Tears. After securing a major-label contract with United Artists, and managing to interest George Martin enough to bring him on board as their producer, American Flyer's debut album "American Flyer" debuted at #87 on the Billboard Top 200, and they even scored a minor hit with their single "Let Me Down Easy" which debuted at #80 in 1976. … Read More


1993 46 Years Old When the Velvet Underground reformed in the early 1993, Sterling Morrison had campaigned for Yule's involvement, but Lou Reed and John Cale ultimately overruled him, thus leaving Yule off the band's six-week reunion tour of Europe, and the subsequent live album Live MCMXCIII. … Read More
1996 49 Years Old Controversially, Yule was not included in the original line-up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the Velvet Underground were inducted in 1996, despite his involvement with the band's third and fourth albums, The Velvet Underground and Loaded, but it should be noted that the Hall of Fame (dismissed by Tucker as the "Hall of Lame") has been criticized for their arbitrary manner in who they pick for nomination and induction. … Read More


1997 50 Years Old After having taken up the violin, Yule began to record music again in 1997. … Read More
2000 53 Years Old He played some concerts in 2000, while the live album Live in Seattle was released in Japan in 2002. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 31, 2006, Yule performed for the first time in public in New York City in over 30 years with Mark Gardener of Ride at Pianos.


2007 60 Years Old In 2007 he was playing in an old-time band called RedDog.
2009 62 Years Old On December 8, 2009, Yule appeared with his former Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker at the New York Public Library, to commemorate the publishing of The Velvet Underground - New York Art, a collection of rare photographs of the band's first performance in New York City to Andy Warhol's cover designs. … Read More
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