Allen Lanier

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

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

Instruments & Performance

Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult (Album) Columbia US 1972 Sell This Version
The Blue Öyster Cult* The Blue Öyster Cult* - Bootleg EP (EP, MiniAlbum) Columbia US 1972 Sell This Version
The Blve Öyster Cvlt* The Blve Öyster Cvlt* - Tyranny And Mutation (Album) Columbia Australia 1973 Sell This Version
KC 32170, SBP 474 101 The Blue Öyster Cult* The Blue Öyster Cult* - Tyranny And Mutation(LP, Album) Columbia, CBS KC 32170, SBP 474 101 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties (Album) Columbia US 1974 Sell This Version
Patti Smith Elegie Patti Smith - Horses (Album) Arista UK 1975 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1975 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (Album) Columbia US 1976 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres (Album) Columbia Europe 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 82086 Various Buck's Boogie Various - Hard Rock Stars(LP, Comp) CBS CBS 82086 France 1977 Sell This Version
Patti Smith Group Space Monkey Patti Smith Group - Easter (Album) Arista, Arista Sweden 1978 Sell This Version
The Clash Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope (Album) CBS, CBS Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors (Album) Columbia US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11145 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
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan) / Divine Wind (Single) Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus (Album) Columbia South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
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 Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(2xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 306 US 1980 Sell This Version