Sterling Morrison
American musician
Sterling Morrison
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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These Musicians Are Smarter Than You - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
Late guitarist Sterling Morrison actually dropped out of university during his first stint in 1964. The next year, the band was born and five years later when they were parked in New York City for the summer, Morrison completed his studies and then
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Today in Music History - Aug. 30 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 1995, Sterling Morrison, who played bass guitar with "The Velvet Underground" in the 1960's, died in Poughkeepsie, NY, at age 53. The band's downbeat lyrics were in stark contrast to much of the cheery counter-culture music of the era
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Efemérides de espectáculos del 30 de agosto - SDP Noticias
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Muere el músico británico Sterling Morrison Jr. Es uno de los miembros de The Velvet Underground. De todos los componentes del grupo es el único que no desarrolla posteriormente una carrera en solitario. Nace el 28 de agosto de 1942. 2001
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Som Reloaded: 28 agosto, un salto nel tempo: Sterling Morrison (Velvet ... - Paperblog
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Sterling Morrison, nome completo Holmes Sterling Morrison junior (East Meadow, 28 agosto 1942 – Poughkeepsie, 30 agosto 1995), è stato un chitarrista statunitense. È stato membro fisso e tra i fondatori dei Velvet Underground
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ALMANACCOM DEL GIORNO DOPO DOMENICA 28 AGOSTO (STERLING MORRISON DAY) - La Provincia di Como
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- ore 17.45 Autori italiani per mandolino e chitarra con Michele Libraro e Luciano Damiani nella Chiesa SS. Lorenzo e Agnese, gratuito - ore 19 concerto di Irene Martignoni e Lorenzo Reggiani. A seguire performance di Alessio Lorenzi al bar Il Tana,
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New Book By Steve Bergsman; Growing Up Levittown Hits E-Bookstores - dBusinessNews New York (press release)
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... book illustrator Jon Buller, radio host John Gambling, TV political commentator Bill O'Reilly, Maureen Tucker and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground (the house band for Andy Warhol's factory), and Steve Bergsman, journalist and author
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O dia em que eu... vi os Velvet Underground [crónica de Rui Miguel Abreu] - Blitz
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Havia um claro lado ritualista, teatral, performativo desvendado pelas lendárias atuações ao vivo de Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison e Maureen Tucker, mais Nico e todo o circo de "freaks" montado por Warhol, com projeções de cinema e de slides
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Weekend con le canzoni tristi - Internazionale
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Poi mi racconta che l'idea di Tugboat (rimorchiatore) – che mi è sempre piaciuta, perché evoca un sostegno robusto in momenti emotivamente delicati – l'ha presa da un articolo in cui si diceva che Sterling Morrison dei Velvet Underground era stato
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Backstage: Live Nation's Woody Graber Picks Music to Take to Heaven - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
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The band consisted of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Mo Tucker -- who played with just a snare and a cymbal -- and of course Nico, who was just all right (the band didn't really need her). It's all in-your-face music and lyrics
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Il ritorno in Italia di una leggenda, Lou Reed - www.mauxa.com
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Ai due si aggiunsero infine il chitarrista e bassista Sterling Morrison e labatterista Maureen Tucker (la line-up originale vedeva Angus MacLise alla batteria). Lou Reed, che è autore della maggior parte delle canzoni dei Velvet Underground,
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There is More to the Early Levittown Story Than Just Nostalgia - Patch.com
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Do a Google search to find out about Woodstock co-creator Artie Kornfeld, and the late Sterling Morrison, one of the founding members of the rock group The Velvet Underground. My classmate Rich Humbert told me a few years ago that Sterling was the
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Rock-Geschichte: 1967: Die düstere Seite des Rock - The Velvet Underground - Derwesten.de
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Blieben Sterling Morrison (Gitarre, Bass) und Maureen Tucker von der Original-Bestzung. Tucker war eine ungewöhnliche Schlagzeugerin. Sie war die erste Frau an den Trommeln einer Rockband und: Tucker spielte im Stehen. Ein Gefühl begleitet das Jahr
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Rickie Lee Jones: doing the classic thing, Friday in SF - San Jose Mercury News (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
True, Sterling Morrison is no longer with us, and Maureen Tucker has joined the Tea Party, but still… What else? Even without BJ Wilson, maybe Procol Harum could do “A Salty Dog.” How about Donovan doing all of the two-record “Gift from a Flower to a
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LimeWire owes $105 million to the major labels, two overdue books to the library - Tiny Mix Tapes
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I've been there, for sure (still searching for a copy of Sterling Morrison's Tugboat Tunes Vol. 1), but at a certain point you really need to step away from those core members and their solo albums that sound like stale leather and start delving into
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Muestra en NY explora el arte del primer baterista - Informador.com.mx
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La exposición recupera la faceta musical de MacLise y explora su talento como compositor y percusionista a través de grabaciones de sus actuaciones junto al propio Lou Reed, John Cale o Sterling Morrison, entre otros. Sin embargo, también se centra en
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Outra história dos anos 60 - Estadão
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The Velvet Unknown, Now Emerging
NYTimes - almost 6 years
A YOUNG man stands slouching on the stoop of a crumbling Lower East Side tenement. His back is turned, but he cocks his head toward the camera, his eyes hidden behind dark shades. Beside him, staring straight ahead, are three other young men who will soon become famous. Yet 46 years later the fourth is still a sphinx. Rock scholars might recognize
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sterling Morrison
    FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 52
    Died on August 30, 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Upon their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, Reed, Cale and Tucker performed a song entitled "Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend," which was dedicated to Morrison. In March 2001, Sterling Morrison was remembered through a tribute set at the Austin Music Awards during the South by Southwest Festival. John Cale performed "Some Friends," a song he'd composed in Morrison's memory, with Alejandro Escovedo, who played "Tugboat," also written for Morrison. An SXSW panel on Sterling successfully convened that year, with Cale and others remembering their fallen friend. Morrison was also the subject of an oral history, Velvet Underdog, in the Austin Chronicle that year. The story featured quotes by John Cale, Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and other Morrison associates. The Galaxie 500 song "Tugboat" alludes to Morrison's post-Velvet Underground career. Morrison was a major influence on Dean Wareham.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 49
    In 1992, the core Velvet Underground line-up of Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker decided to reform for a tour and possible album.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison argued that Doug Yule, who had replaced Cale in 1968, should be included to fill out the sound, but Reed and Cale vetoed him. The band extensively toured Europe in 1993, alternatively as headline act or supporting U2. Morrison's playing held up well, and his performances were generally agreed to be top-notch. But by the end of the tour, relationships had soured again and plans for a US tour and MTV Unplugged album were scrapped.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 28
    Morrison's last performance with the band was on August 21, 1971 at Liberty Hall (Houston, Texas).
    More Details Hide Details When it was time for the band to return to New York, Morrison packed an empty suitcase and accompanied them to the gate of their departing plane, before finally telling them he was staying in Texas and leaving the band, the last founding member to quit. Morrison began to work on Houston tugboats as a deckhand to supplement his income in the mid-70s; when he was forced to relinquish his teaching assistantship some years later, he was licensed as a master mariner and became the captain of a Houston tugboat, a vocation he pursued throughout the 1980s. After leaving the Velvet Underground, Morrison's musical career was primarily limited to informal sessions for personal enjoyment, though he played in a few bands around Austin, Texas, most notably the Bizarros. Morrison's tenure in the capital of Texas made him a well-loved and admired member of the local music community as well as an influential voice. During John Cale's renaissance in the late 1970s, Morrison occasionally sat in with his former bandmate on stages such as the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. From the mid-1980s on, however, he occasionally recorded or performed with Reed, Cale, and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker, who had by then started a solo career of her own. Morrison was part of her touring band for most of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 27
    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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  • 1968
    Age 25
    After Cale left the group in 1968, Morrison always exclusively played guitar.
    More Details Hide Details During the Cale era, there was no established "lead" or "rhythm" guitar hierarchy in the Velvet Underground; both Reed and Morrison traded roles regularly. From the third album on though, Morrison almost always took the role of lead guitarist as Reed concentrated more on his singing and rhythm playing. Additionally, Morrison frequently sang backing vocals and the occasional lead vocal spot (he recited many verses of Reed's poetry in "The Murder Mystery" and sang one line in "I'm Sticking With You"). Morrison repeatedly remarked that "Venus in Furs," from the band's debut album, was his personal favorite of all of The Velvet Underground's songs, as he felt that the group had achieved with that one track, to a greater degree than any other, the sound the band had in mind. Whilst Reed was the main writer, there has been some conjecture that both Morrison and Cale made more songwriting contributions than is specified in the credits as Morrison later told Victor Bockris, "Lou really did want to have a whole lot of credit for the songs, so on nearly all of the albums we gave it to him. It kept him happy. He got the rights to all the songs on Loaded so now he's credited for being the absolute and singular genius of the Underground, which is not true. There are a lot of songs I should have coauthorship on, and the same holds true for John Cale.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Morrison was born Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. on August 29, 1942 in the Long Island town of East Meadow, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He had two brothers and three sisters. His parents divorced when he was a youngster and his mother remarried. He first met future Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker during childhood, through her brother Jim, who attended Division Avenue High School in Levittown, New York with Morrison. Originally playing trumpet, Morrison switched to guitar after his teacher was drafted. Morrison majored in English at the City College of New York. While visiting his friend Jim Tucker at Syracuse University, he met Lou Reed, a friend of Tucker's and a fellow English student. Before Reed graduated in 1964, they met again in New York City in 1963. By this time, Reed had met John Cale and was interested in starting a band, so when they encountered Morrison, he was invited to join. Reed, Cale, Morrison and original percussionist Angus MacLise constituted the original line-up of the Velvet Underground, taking the name from Michael Leigh's sadomasochistic novel of the same name. Reed sang and played guitar, Morrison played guitar, Cale played viola, bass and keyboards and MacLise was playing bongos, hand drums, tabla, tambourines and the cimbalom, but when the group were offered $75 for a gig at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey, MacLise abruptly quit because he refused to play for a specified time or conform to the notion of when to start and stop playing and also viewed accepting money for art as a sell-out.
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