Released on March 12, 1967, panned by critics and a colossal failure sales-wise, The Velvet Underground and Nico has become one of the most influential and important rock albums in poular music history. By 2002, it ranked #13 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 2006, it was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
Legends gathered at Madison Square Garden on January 7, 1997 for Bowie’s 50th birthday bash. It’s a charity concert benefiting Save the Children. Bowie’s famous pals – including Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Robert Smith, Billy Corgan, and Foo Fighters, among others – pay tribute with renditions of the singer’s tunes. Bowie closes out the event with his 1969 hit “Space Oddity.”