Lou Reed to Be Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame

Lou Reed, the influential musician who died last year in Springs, is among the next inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known for his work in the 1960s with the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist, will be inducted in an April 18 ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued the announcement on Tuesday.

Mr. Reed is already in the Hall: The Velvet Underground was inducted into the institution in 1996. Next year, he will be honored for his solo work, which includes the albums "Transformer, "Berlin," and "Metal Machine Music." Along with the Velvet Underground, he is best known for his only Top 40 hit, "Walk on the Wild Side," which appeared on "Transformer."

The artist Andy Warhol was an early sponsor of the Velvet Underground, and Mr. Reed and the band became a significant influence on the punk and glam-rock genres that developed and coalesced around New York nightclubs including C.B.G.B. and Max's Kansas City in the early 1970s.

Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery several months before his death, but was periodically seen in Springs, where he owned a house with his wife, the composer Laurie Anderson. In the Oct. 31, 2013, issue of The Star, Ms. Anderson wrote of Mr. Reed's final days.

"Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home," she wrote. "Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."

The guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was 35 when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990, will also be inducted posthumously. Also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2015 are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Bill Withers. Ringo Starr, who was inducted into the Hall in 1988 as a member of the Beatles, will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, and the "5" Royales will be recognized as an early influence.