Warrant's Jani Lane: 5 Things to Know
The "Cherry Pie" songwriter died Thursday at age 47.
Former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane was found dead at a Woodland Hills, Calif. Comfort Inn Thursday night. He was 47. No cause of death has been revealed.
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Here are five things you may not know about the troubled musician.
1. He penned the band's most famous hit, Cherry Pie, in 1989, which became a top-10 hit the following year. It featured a guitar solo by C.C. Deville of Poison and Jani’s longtime friend and bandmate of Bret Michaels.
2. Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald) also served as the lyricist and main songwriter for Warrant. He joined the band in 1986, two years after its formation by guitarist Erik Turner. He left Warrant three times over the years, including the most recent, in 2008.
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3. Lane also wrote several other hits for the group, including “Heaven,” “Down Boys” and “Sometimes She Cries” from their debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and “I Saw Red” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” from the group’s second album, Cherry Pie.
4. The singer had a history of alcohol-related arrests. He was taken into custody in June 2009 for reporting crashing into a parked car. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was put on probation for three years. A year later, he was arrested for a similar incident that landed him in jail for 120 days.
5. He was featured on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club 2 in 2005 and last year toured with Great White, filling in for singer Jack Russell, who was recovering from surgery.