Allen Glover Lanier

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, 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 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!”,[4] 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.” Lead singer Eric Bloom posted the following:[5]

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EYDIE GORMÉ

EYDIE GORMÉ (ALSO SPELLED GORME;[2] AUGUST 16, 1928 – AUGUST 10, 2013) WAS AN AMERICAN SINGER WHO PERFORMED SOLO AS WELL AS WITH HER HUSBAND, STEVE LAWRENCE, IN POPULAR BALLADS AND SWING. SHE EARNED NUMEROUS AWARDS, INCLUDING A GRAMMY AND AN EMMY. AFTER RETIRING IN 2009, SHE DIED IN 2013, AND IS SURVIVED BY LAWRENCE, WHO CONTINUES TO PERFORM AS A SOLO ACT.

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Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland

Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), né Brooks, also known professionally as Bobby “Blue” Bland, was an American blues singer.
Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the blues and R&B.[1] He was described as “among the great storytellers of blues and soul music… [who] created tempestuous arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against roiling, dramatic orchestrations, and left the listener drained but awed.”[2] He was sometimes referred to as the “Lion of the Blues” and as the “Sinatra of the Blues”;[3] his music was also influenced by Nat King Cole.[4]
Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.[5] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as “second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’s Beale Street blues scene”.[3]

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