Allen Lanier

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Allen Lanier
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Lanier performing in 2006
Background information
Birth name Allen Glover Lanier
Born June 25, 1946
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Died August 14, 2013(2013-08-14) (aged 67)
Years active 1967–2007, 2012
Associated acts Blue Öyster Cult

Allen Glover Lanier (June 25, 1946 – August 14, 2013) was an original member of Blue Öyster Cult. Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar. He resided in Manhattan.[1]

Lanier wrote several songs for Blue Öyster Cult albums, including "True Confessions", "Tenderloin", "Searchin' for Celine", "In Thee", and "Lonely Teardrops". In addition to his work with Blue Öyster Cult, he also contributed to music by Patti Smith, John Cale, Jim Carroll, The Dictators and The Clash, among others. He dated Patti Smith for several years during the 1970s.[2]

Lanier first performed with the band (then known as Soft White Underbelly) in 1967. He left the group in 1985, and was replaced by Tommy Zvoncheck (of Clarence Clemons and Public Image Ltd fame).[3] He returned in 1987. He retired from performing with them after the autumn of 2006.

Without any official announcement from Blue Öyster Cult, the band's line-up photograph was updated to remove Lanier, and a brief mention on the page for Richie Castellano has the following to say: "Since the retirement of Allen Lanier, Richie has switched over to the guitars/keyboards position, both of which he's quite the master!".[4] That would seem to indicate that Allen Lanier retired from both Blue Öyster Cult and music in 2007, having played his last concert with them in late 2006. He would rejoin them for their 40th anniversary concert in New York in November 2012, which proved to be his last ever appearance with the band.

Lanier's death was announced by Blue Öyster Cult on August 14, 2013. According to their official Facebook page, "Allen succumbed to complications from C.O.P.D." Lead singer Eric Bloom posted the following:[5]

My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.


Blue Oyster Cult[edit]

Studio albums


  1. ^ Almanac of Famous People: Biographies - Jennifer Mossman - Google Books. 2001. ISBN 9780787647933. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ "patti smith: _acid_rock_ 11/77". Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Tommy Zvoncheck". Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult Official Site - Richie Castellano". Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 

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