Pentti "Whitey" Glan a session drummer who played on Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare and Lou Reed's Rock 'n' Roll Animal, has died at the age of 71.
Simcoe.com reported the news, saying he had been diagnosed with lung cancer last month.
Kenny Webber, the administrator of his Facebook page wrote that cancer was discovered as he was being treated for pneumonia in August this year, although it was believed to be "one of the more treatable types."
He was born in Finland in 1946 and moved to Toronto. In 1965 he joined a band called the Rogues.
Later he spent time with a band called Bush, which opened up for Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night in the early '70s. One of Bush's songs, 'I Can Hear You Calling' which Glan co-wrote, was the b-side to Three Dog Night's 'Joy to the World.'
Lou Reed hired Glan to play with him in New York in 1973, then Reed's band for that show, consisting of Glan, John, Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter (guitars), went on to work for Alice Cooper, who was looking for new musicians after the dissolution of the original Alice Cooper band.
The first solo record was Welcome to My Nightmare, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Albums chart.
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock