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    Eric Bloom

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    December 1, 1944 —

    Gene Frenkle, the man behind "more cowbell", is not real.

    That can't be true, is it? The man who was born in 1950 and died in 2000? The man who single-handedly introduced a new music trend? The man so famously portrayed by Will Ferrell in a biopic? The man who became one of the earliest Internet memes? The man whose contribution to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" will forever stand the test of time?

    Not real.

    Gene Frenkle was never a member of the Blue Öyster Cult. At the time of the recording of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", the band members were: Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Allen Lanier, Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard. You will note that none of them are named Gene Frenkle.

    But... more cowbell?

    Oh, there is definitely cowbell in "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", but it's not exactly "more" as one seems to remember. Apparently, it was played by Albert Bouchard. Boy, must he be mad for Frenkle getting all the credit!

    Still... can we get a JONJ score for Gene Frenkle?

    Considering he was physically modeled on Eric Bloom, the band's only Jewish member... we can do that!

    Verdict: Jew.

    December 1, 2023

    See Also

    David Bowie

    Will Ferrell

    Mickey Hart

    Jorma Kaukonen

    Country Joe McDonald
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