2013 WNCX Hall Of Fame Inductee – Blue Öyster Cult

courtesy of Sony Legacy

courtesy of Sony Legacy

For over forty years, Blue Öyster Cult has been rocking stages across the globe.

Originally called “Soft White Underbelly,” the group formed in Long Island, NY with guitarist Buck Dharma, drummer Albert Bouchard, keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein, and bassist Andrew Winters.

They would use poetry given by their manager Sandy Pearlman to inspire their work and, in many cases, incorporate in their lyrics.

Eventually, they would get their first record deal with Elektra Records. However, after Braunstein left the group in 1969, the record label would shelve their debut recording.

With the addition of Eric Bloom, the group would change their name to the Blue Öyster Cult and release their self-titled studio album on January 16, 1972 through Columbia Records to rave reviews. Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone said the group was the “first authentic boogie beast” from New York.

In forty-one years with over twenty members coming in and out of the band, BOC has released fourteen studio albums, seven compilation albums, six live albums and nine charted singles, with “Don’t Fear (The Reaper)” being their highest peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their record sales total over four million.

Blue Öyster Cult will always be remembered for their intuitive style and approach to their music.


NE Ohio Concerts
• Jonathon Edwards, Blue Oyster Cult, Circus – The Roundtable – April 13, 1973
• Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith – Allen Theatre – June 1, 1974
• Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band, REO Speedwagon, Starz, J. Geils Band – Trumbull County Fairgrounds – August 28, 1976
• Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Point Blank – Richfield Coliseum – December 31, 1976
• Blue Oyster Cult, Be Bop Deluxe – Richfield Coliseum – March 25, 1978
• Blue Oyster Cult, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Richfield Coliseum – October 7, 1979
• ZZ Top, Blue Oyster Cult, ACDC, Humble Pie, Artful Dodger – Legend Valley – August 16, 1980
• Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Shakin’ Street – Richfield Coliseum – October 12, 1980
• Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Whitford St. Holmes – Richfield Coliseum – October 27, 1981
• Blue Oyster Cult, Aldo Nova – Blossom Music Center – August 16, 1982
• Blue Oyster Cult, Aldo Nova, Dokken – Richfield Coliseum – January 8, 1984


Founding Members
• Eric Bloom – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
• Albert Bouchard – drums, percussion
• Andrew Winters – bass guitar, vocals
• Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitars, vocals
• Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – lead guitar, vocals


Greatest Hits
• Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll
• 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
• Harvester of Eyes
• Astronomy
• Don’t Fear (The Reaper)
• E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
• Godzilla
• I Love The Night
• In Thee
• Black Blade
• Burnin’ for You
• Veteran of the Psychic Wars
• Shooting Shark
• Take Me Away


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