Allen Lanier

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Allen Glover Lanier
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Allen Lanier (June 25, 1946 – August 14, 2013) was an original member of Blue Öyster Cult. Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar.

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 Oyster Cult, he also contributed to music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, The Dictators and The Clash, among others. He dated Patti Smith for several years during the 1970s.
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).
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 Allen, 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!", which 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.

Allen'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.".
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Allen Lanier Discography Tracks

Vocals

Allen Lanier - Agents Of Fortune album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (Album) Columbia US 1976 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Agents Of Fortune + Spectres album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune + Spectres (Album, Comp) CBS US 1982 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - A Night On The Road album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - A Night On The Road (Album) ABC Radio Networks US 1981 Sell This Version
CSK 16767 Allen Lanier - Expanded Editions Sampler · God Save Blue Öyster Cult From Themselves album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Expanded Editions Sampler · God Save Blue Öyster Cult From Themselves(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Columbia, Legacy CSK 16767 US 2001 Sell This Version
CFU01010 Allen Lanier - Secret Treaties album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) Culture Factory CFU01010 US 2013 Sell This Version
CFU01008 Allen Lanier - Mirrors album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Culture Factory CFU01008 US 2013 Sell This Version
COL 487931 2 Allen Lanier - Some Enchanted Evening album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening(CD, Album, RE) Columbia COL 487931 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Allen Lanier - Blue Öyster Cult album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult (Album) Columbia US 1972 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Bootleg EP album art The Blue Öyster Cult* The Blue Öyster Cult* - Bootleg EP (EP, MiniAlbum) Columbia US 1972 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Tyranny And Mutation album art The Blue Öyster Cult* The Blue Öyster Cult* - Tyranny And Mutation (Album) Columbia Europe 1973 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Secret Treaties album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties (Album) Columbia US 1974 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Horses album art Patti Smith Elegie Patti Smith - Horses (Album) Arista UK 1975 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1975 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Agents Of Fortune album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (Album) Columbia US 1976 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Spectres album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres (Album) Columbia Europe 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 82086 Allen Lanier - Hard Rock Stars album art Various Buck's Boogie Various - Hard Rock Stars(LP, Comp) CBS CBS 82086 France 1977 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Easter album art Patti Smith Group Space Monkey Patti Smith Group - Easter (Album) Arista, Arista Sweden 1978 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Give 'Em Enough Rope album art The Clash Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1978 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Mirrors album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors (Album) Columbia US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11145 Allen Lanier - You're Not The One (I Was Looking For) album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - You're Not The One (I Was Looking For)(7", Single, Promo) Columbia 1-11145 US 1979 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan) / Divine Wind album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan) / Divine Wind (Single) Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Cultösaurus Erectus album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Cultösaurus Erectus (Album) Columbia South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - Catholic Boy album art The Jim Carroll Band I Want The Angel and 1 more… The Jim Carroll Band - Catholic Boy (Album) ATCO Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
306 Allen Lanier - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(2xLP, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. 306 US 1980 Sell This Version
Allen Lanier - A Night On The Road album art Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - A Night On The Road (Album) ABC Radio Networks US 1981 Sell This Version