Sterling Morrison

Sterling Morrison

Born Aug 28, 1942

Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. was one of the founding members of the rock group The Velvet Underground, usually playing electric guitar, occasionally bass guitar, and singing backing vocals.

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1942 Birth Morrison was born Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. on August 29, 1942 in the Long Island town of East Meadow, New York. … Read More


1968 25 Years Old After Cale left the group in 1968, Morrison always exclusively played guitar. … Read More
1970 27 Years Old In 1970, when the band was back in New York City to play an entire summer's engagement at Max's Kansas City, Morrison seized the opportunity to complete his undergraduate degree at the City College of New York; along with Tucker, he remained in the Velvet Underground as lead guitarist after Reed left the band in acrimonious circumstances in August 1970.
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In 1971, however, he began graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he would earn a PhD in medieval literature (with a dissertation on the four signed poems of Cynewulf) in 1986.


1992 49 Years Old In 1992, the core Velvet Underground line-up of Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker decided to reform for a tour and possible album. … Read More


1994 51 Years Old The European tour turned out to be the last for the Velvet Underground. Morrison joined Maureen Tucker's band for a tour in 1994, and later that year was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, from which he died on August 30, 1995, one day after his 53rd birthday. … Read More
1995 53 Years Old Died on August 30, 1995.
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