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Drummer Pentti “Whitey” Glan passed away earlier this week at 71. He was best known for his contribution to the creation of Alice Cooper’s debut album “Welcome to My Nightmare”. The musician died of lung cancer he was diagnosed with last month.

Pentti "Whitey" Glan and Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper wrote on his Facebook fanpage:

Rest in Peace, Whitey! 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,” wrote Cooper. “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 under rated and under publicized — he was certainly a drummer’s drummer! Canada is less one world class musician.

Whitey Glan, drummer with Alice Cooper's band

Whitey Glan was born in Finland in 1946. He chose Toronto, Canada, as his home. It was there that he started his musical career at the age of 19. He played with such stars as Lou Reed and Bette Midler and spent the 70s as a permanent member of Alice Cooper’s band.