Velvet Underground's Nico, A Chelsea Girl From Germany

By Kellar Ellsworth
CIRCA 1967: Singer and entertainer Nico poses for a portrait session in circa 1967. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The model, singer and actress Nico is best known for her tenure with The Velvet Underground. Although her low German voice can be heard on some of the band's signature songs, including "Femme Fatale," he time with VU was actually fairly brief, one of many phases in the career of an itinerant performer and hipster it-girl who had a fan in Andy Warhol and carved out a niche in rock history with her own albums Chelsea Girl (1967), The Marble Index (1968) and others.