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Soft White Underbelly

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1967-1969, 1985
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Soft White Underbelly formed in 1967 in the vicinity of Stony Brook University on Long Island. The band consisted of guitarist Buck Dharma, drummer Albert Bouchard, keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters. A bad review of a 1969 Fillmore East show caused Sandy Pearlman (band manager) to change the name of the band - first to Oaxaca, then to the Stalk-Forrest Group. After a few more temporary band names, including the Santos Sisters, the band settled on Blue Öyster Cult in 1971.