David Allyn


Albert DiLello, 19 July 1923, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. From a musical family (his mother was a singer and his father a French horn player), Allyn became a semi-professional vocalist by the time he was 17, before joining Jack Teagarden’s short-lived big band of the early 40s. After service in World War II, during which he was awarded the Purple Heart, he worked for leaders such as Van Alexander and Henry Jerome before joining the Boyd Raeburn orchestra where his musical skills were tested by the demanding work of several forward-looking arrangers, including George Handy. In the 40s, apart from his work with Raeburn, Allyn recorded with such jazzmen as Lucky Thompson. When the Raeburn band split, Allyn moved to the west coast and became a solo act. His Dick Haymes -like vocals gained him regular club work and a recording contract with Discovery, and later, World Pacific. During the 50s he recorded some highly regarded albums with arrangements by Johnny Mandel...

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