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Alice Cooper Highlights

1947

Neal Smith, drummer for Alice Cooper, is born in Akron, Ohio.

1947

Glen Buxton, guitarist for Alice Cooper, is born in Akron, Ohio.

1948

Vocalist Alice Cooper is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1948

Michael Bruce, guitarist and keyboardist for Alice Cooper, is born.

1948

Dennis Dunaway, bassist for Alice Cooper, is born in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

1966

“Don’t Blow Your Mind,” by the Spiders – a precursor of the Alice Cooper group (minus Michael Bruce and Neal Smith) – is released as a single on the Santa Cruz label.

1967

“Lay Down and Die, Goodbye,” by the Nazz - Spiders – a precursor of the Alice Cooper group (minus Neal Smith) – is released as a single on the Very label.

1969

Pretties for You, the debut album by Alice Cooper, is released on Frank Zappa’s Straight Records.

1969

Controversy occurs when a live chicken is tossed onstage during Alice Cooper’s set at a Toronto rock festival. Cooper allegedly bit off its head and drank its blood, though he claims only to have thrown it in the air, expecting it to fly. The unfortunate bird is then finished off by audience members.

1970

Easy Action, the second album by Alice Cooper, is released on Frank Zappa’s Straight Records. It is produced by David Briggs, best known as Neil Young’s longtime producer.

1971

“I’m Eighteen,” by Alice Cooper, enters the singles chart, where it will peak at #21. It is taken from the album Love It to Death, also released this month.

1971

Killer, Alice Cooper’s fourth album, containing the favorites “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover,” is released.

1972

“School’s Out,” the title track from Alice Cooper’s fifth album, peaks at #7. It is their highest-charting single.

1972

Alice Cooper’s “Elected,” a “total political satire,” enters the charts. Ironically, President Richard Nixon is reelected as the song peaks at #26 a month later.

1973

Billion Dollar Babies, the fifth album by Alice Cooper, is released. It yields three hit singles: “Hello Hurray” (#35), “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (#25) and the title song (#57).

1973

Muscle of Love, the sixth and final album by the original Alice Cooper group, is released.

1973

“Teenage Lament ’74” becomes the last single by the Alice Cooper group to chart, peaking at #48.

1975

Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper’s first solo album, is released.

1975

“Only Women Bleed” becomes the first song by Alice Cooper, solo artist, to make the charts, peaking at #12.

1977

Battle Axe, by Billion Dollar Babies – a group that includes three original members of Alice Cooper – is released. This same month, Alice Cooper himself is “decapitated” during an appearance on TV’s campy The Going Show.

1977

Alice Cooper scores his first Top Ten solo hit when “You and Me” peaks at #9.

1989

“Poison,” by Alice Cooper, enters the singles chart, where it will reach #7. It matches the peak of his old group’s biggest hit, “School’s Out,” seventeen years earlier.

1994

The Last Temptation, Alice Cooper’s most audacious concept album as a solo artist, is released.

1997

Glen Buxton, lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, dies of pneumonia at a hospital in Clarion, Iowa.

1999

The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, a four-disc box set, is released.

2001

Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper, a 22-track compilation, is released.


2008

Along Came a Spider, the 25th album in the long career of Alice Cooper, is released.

2011

Alice Cooper is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction dinner. Rob Zombie is their presenter.

2011

Welcome 2 My Nightmare, produced with Bob Ezrin, is released.