The Jades (1) (New York)

    Personnel :

    Phil Harris (Lead Vocal, Guitar)

    Lou Reed (Guitar, Vocals)

    Alan Walters (Vocals)

    Discography :

    1958 - Leave Her For Me / So Blue ( Time 1002)

    Biography :

    Lou Reed's first group was known as The Shades, later renamed as The Jades - whose members included Reed's fellow high school classmates Alan Walters and Phil Harris. The group was formed when Reed was just 14 - performing at shopping malls and other small public venues. Producer Bob Shad signed the group to his newly established label Time Records in the late 50s, where the group released one single, Leave Her for Me / So Blue (1958).

    Lou Reed with an early high school group

    There is some discrepancy as to whom wrote each track; "Leave Her for Me" was credited only to Reed - though on the two editions of the release, "So Blue" is either credited to both Reed and Harris, or solely to Harris. Reed notes that he only received seventy-eight cents in royalties for his work with the Jades.

    Songs :

    So Blue                                            Leave Her For Me




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