Whitey Glan, best known for his work as a session drummer with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, passed away on November 7 at the age of 71. Whitey was diagnosed with lung cancer in September after follow-up tests from treatment for pneumonia in August.
Cooper commented on Whitey‘s passing in a Facebook post earlier today (Thursday, November 9). He wrote: “I picked Whitey Glan as the drummer for my ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour because he was simply the best drummer around, not knowing he could drink me under a table. He was just a great guy, everybody who’s worked with him considered him one of their best friends. He was one of rock’s premier drummers, but in my opinion, he was very underrated and underpublicized — he was certainly a drummer’s drummer! Canada is less one world class musician… rest in peace, Whitey.”
According to Toronto Moon, Whitey had been anchoring a weekly Saturday afternoon series in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada with a band known as WHITEY & THE ROULETTES since August of last year. In recent years, he also appeared with a number of local R&B veterans, including the DANNY B BAND, Mike McKenna and former MANDALA bandmate George Olliver.
Rest In Peace Whitey! I picked Whitey Glan as the drummer for my Welcome To My Nightmare Tour because he was simply the…