Nico (1938–1988) was a German singer, model, and actress who emerged as a co-vocalist in the Velvet Underground. After singing on their 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico, she went solo with that year’s Verve release Chelsea Girl. She jumped to Elektra for the 1968 avant-garde album The Marble Index, followed by the 1970 Reprise release Desertshore. All albums feature contributions from her VU colleague John Cale.

She and Cale both appear on the Island release June 1, 1974 with Brian Eno and Kevin Ayers. Her fourth solo album, The End…, features contributions from Eno and his Roxy Music cohort Phil Manzanera. After a pause in activity, she returned with the twice-recorded Drama of Exile and her 1985 swan song Camera Obscura.

She was born Christa Päffgen in Cologne on October 18, 1938.


  • Chelsea Girl (1967)
  • The Marble Index (1968)
  • Desertshore (1970)
  • The End… (1974)
  • The Drama of Exile (1983)
  • Camera Obscura (1985 • Nico + The Faction)


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