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Akron, Ohio, USA (1964 – 1997)

Glen Edward Buxton (born in Akron, Ohio, USA on 10 November 1947 – 19 October 1997) was an American musician, and guitarist for the original Alice Cooper band.

In 1964, while attending Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Buxton made his debut in a rock band called The Earwigs, composed of high school students Dennis Dunaway and Vincent Furnier. They were very popular, and changed their name to The Spiders in 1965, and later to The Nazz in 1967. In 1968, to avoid legal entanglements with the Todd Rundgren-led “Nazz”, Buxton’s band changed their name to Alice Cooper.

Buxton was the co-writer of classic songs like School’s Out, I’m Eighteen, Elected and 10 Minutes Before the Worm. He is credited as lead guitarist on seven albums by the Alice Cooper band, including the chart-topping album Billion Dollar Babies. Throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, Buxton maintained a low profile, playing only occasional club gigs with bands like Shrapnel and Virgin.

In the 1990s, Buxton lived in Clarion, Iowa performing with local artists. A few weeks shy of his 50th birthday, he died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Clarion, Iowa. He had recently spent time with his old bandmates; Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Buxton number 90 on the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

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