Composed and first recorded by American songwriter and singer Lou Reed in 1972 for his second studio album, Transformer. In 1997, BBC Television in the UK commissioned a new recording of Perfect Day by various artists, including Lou Reed. The re-recording, with a video, was to promote the BBC’s diverse music coverage. So popular was the updated version of the song with the public that it was released as a single with all profits being for the BBC Television charity Children in Need. Each artist was paid £250 which, at the time, was the minimum pay for a performance on the BBC. After a career spanning over 50 years, Lou Reed died of liver disease in 2013, aged 71. He was cremated. His widow said his last days were peaceful.