Albert Bouchard Biography
Albert Bouchard is a 24 million album selling international Grammy® Nominated songwriter and rock drummer – being a founding member of hit group ‘Blue Öyster Cult’ his performance style has inspired a generation of artists and fans alike.
Early Musical Beginnings
Albert began his extremely productive career early – Growing up on the family farm in Clayton, New York as one of 7 children his first band ‘The Regal Tones’ featured Albert on drums, his brother Joe and cousin Teddy.
Performing most weekends they soon began promoting barn dances which were a sold out phenomenon. From these early beginnings Albert moved to college, forming a band called Travesty, who were such a success Albert then left college and founded the band which would become Blue Öyster Cult.
Blue Oyster Cult and International Stardom
In 1967 Albert was a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult, a heavy rock band hailing from New York. With almost immediate success, the band released a series of albums including the 1976 ‘Agents of Fortune‘, released on Columbia Records which included their biggest-selling single ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper‘.
This single hit the Billboard charts and became an international hit, entering the public’s consciousness as an instant rock classic – featuring in many ‘best of’ compilations including the Rolling Stone magazine list of top 500 songs of all time, and the lyrics of which are quoted by legendary horror author Steven King in many of his novels.
Albert was the driving force throughout the first 10 years of the band and his legendary status inspired the best-loved number one voted Saturday Night Live sketch ‘More Cowbell’ featuring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell.
Blue Coupe and Grammy Nominations
US Rock legend Patti Smith was also a songwriter in the band, contributing to 5 Blue Öyster Cult Songs. After Blue Öyster Cult, Albert then began to play with The Mamas & The Papas, the Spencer Davis Group, and Peter Noone from Hermans Hermits.
After taking a sabbatical to gain both a BA and MA in English Albert then formed a band called the Brain Surgeons and then went on to form successful band Blue Coupe which featured legendary bass player from Alice Cooper Dennis Dunaway. Blue Coupe were an immediate success with highly acclaimed album ‘Tornado on the Tracks‘ – which received multiple Grammy nominations and features The Doors legendary guitarist Robby Krieger.
Blue Coupe continue to tour North America and Europe with huge shows including the Halloween Parade in New York City to more than a million people.
US President Barack Obama honours Albert Bouchard
Albert continues to tour internationally today and also educates a whole new generation – for his continuing work in music Albert was honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama at The White House for being an outstanding educator and being a member of NAfME for over 25 years, inspiring young musicians across the US.