Donald Brian Roeser is celebrating his 70th birthday today. You will know him be…

Written by on November 12, 2017


Donald Brian Roeser is celebrating his 70th birthday today. You will know him better as Buck Dharma, a founding member of Blue Oyster Cult. He wrote and sang the lead vocals on many of the band’s best-known hits, including “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla”, and “Burnin’ for You”.

Roeser was born on Long Island, New York. His father was an accomplished jazz saxophonist, and Roeser spent a lot of time listening to jazz music as a result. Because of this, Roeser developed an interest in the melodic arts at a very early age. He even played the accordion for a brief period of time.

Buck was influenced greatly by the British Invasion of 1964, and he decided to pursue rock n’ roll music. He first started out playing the drums, but had to stop temporarily after breaking his wrist while playing basketball. While recovering, he learned to play guitar, and found that he enjoyed it more than the drums.

He got the stage name “Buck Dharma” in the late 1960s. Manager Sandy Pearlman came up with the idea of creating eccentric stage names for Blue Öyster Cult’s members. Every member rejected their new stage name except for Roeser, who liked the name and the idea of having an alternate persona.

What is your favorite song by BOC?

Happy Birthday Buck!!

How long before “Don’t Fear the Reaper” becomes a commercial for a pot brand as “Don’t Fear the Reefer?”




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