'Velvet Underground and Nico' LP is released
Recorded over three separate sessions in 1966, The Velvet Underground's first album was released the following March. The delay was due mainly to production problems with Warhol's ambitious sleeve design and in the interim the track 'Sunday Morning' was added as a potential single. Actor Eric Emerson featured on the back cover but was removed from subsequent pressings after legal action. Critical reaction to the band was muted and some stores refused to carry the album due to its risque lyrical content, and the poor reaction the album met with in New York meant that Lou Reed would refuse to play there until 1970. Though its highest US chart position was #171, it was placed at #1 in a list of 'albums that changed music' compiled by The Observer in 2006.