Michael Fonfara, longtime Lou Reed keyboardist dies

News 11/01/2021

Michael Fonfara, best known for his work with Lou Reed and the Downchild Blues Band, has passed away.

CBC News reported that Fonfara died on 8th January in a Toronto hospital following a two-year battle with cancer.

The 74-year-old keyboardist had played on a total of nine Lou Reed albums between 1974 and 2005 including Sally Can’t DanceRock and Roll HeartStreet Hassle, and The Bells. The latter was also executive produced by Fonfara and he co-wrote and co-produced the 1980 Lou Reed album, Growing Up in Public.

Fonfara has also recorded with Foreigner, the Everly Brothers, Rhinoceros, Electric Flag and more. In 1999, he had also contributed to '2B3 - The Toronto Sessions', which was a collection of songs played on a Hammond B3 organ.