Rex Elvie Allen, 31 December 1920, Willcox, Arizona, USA, d. 17 December 1999, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Country singer Allen was no imitation cowboy - his family were homesteaders: a mountain lion was killed close to his home, his brother died from a rattlesnake bite, and the family lost everything in the drought of 1934. As Allen had ridden on the farm, he thought he could transfer to rodeos, but a fall from a Brahman bull directed his thoughts towards music. In 1945, he hosted the National Barn Dance for a radio station in Chicago and was able to afford an operation to correct his congenital squint. His first local hit was Take It Back And Change It For A Boy, and his early recordings found him yodelling, although he subsequently kept his tone and pitch the same. Allen later hosted his own show for CBS from 1950-52.
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