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Lou Reed honored by Paul Simon, Patti Smith, more at Apollo Theater memorial

Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival

Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 9, 2009. Credit: AP

Debbie Harry, Paul Simon, Patti Smith and more friends and family of the late Velvet Underground front man, Lou Reed, paid tribute to him Monday night at Harlem's Apollo Theater, the New York Post reports.

Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, organized the invite-only memorial with the help of Reed's management, and though she asked that there be no crying, tears still fell. The musicians in the bunch sang some of Reed's best-known hits: Harry did a "robust" "White Light, White Heat," and Smith, who called the lyrics of "Perfect Day" some of Reed's most "poignant," teamed up with guitarist Lenny Kaye for that much-covered song. Simon did a solo of "Pale Blue Eyes" after showing a short clip of the 1980 film "One Trick Pony," in which he starred with Reed.

Anderson, married to Reed for five years, bookended the memorial with eulogies, revealing at the end: "Almost every day we said ‘you are the love of my life,’ or some version of that in one of our many private, and somewhat bizarre languages. We knew exactly what we had, and we were beyond grateful.”

Reed's sister, Merrill, also paid tribute, as did the doctor who treated him during his liver transplant earlier this year.

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