I know there are a few fans of Blue Öyster Cult here, and as most people interested in the band will know, Sandy Pearlman played a significant role in their formation and early careers. He was taken badly ill back in December of last year and was running out of money to meet his ongoing medical costs. There’s nothing on the BOC website but Eric Bloom posted this on Facebook
“Thanks to all who gave to Sandy Pearlman’s support fund but unfortunately he passed last night. We got the word that it was peaceful. I met Sandy in 1968 when I did the sound for SWU at the Electric Circus in NYC on Thanksgiving Day. In the Spring of 1969 he approached me to front the band. He was the creator, mentor, early manager, occasional lyricist of what became BOC and he penned the name. He got us our record deal with Columbia Records. He wrote the lyrics to ETI, ME-262, Cities On Flame and many more. He produced several albums. He certainly changed the path of my life. He had a brilliant mind, could discuss almost any topic and recently was lecturing at McGill University.
Rest in Peace.”
Sandy also produced The Clash’s “Give Em Enough Rope” and The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Between Nothingness and Eternity”as well as managing The Dictators and Pavlov’s Dog, and writing for Crawdaddy magazine. I only recently found out he was a VP at eMusic.
On Friday night BOC will be playing the whole of the Pearlman produced “Agent’s Of Fortune” at the O2 in Kentish Town and it’s actually prompted me to get off my arse and go to a gig for the first time this year. No prizes for guessing who “Don’t Fear The Reaper” will be dedicated to.