Red Allen

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: bluegrass country jazz dead folk gospel geotagged kentucky 1930-02-12 geohash:dnsdkee444k pigeon roost hollow 1993-04-03 all traditional bluegrass Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Harley Allen, 12 February 1930, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, USA, d. 3 April 1993, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Greatly influenced in his early years by Charlie Monroe, whom he regularly heard on WNOX Knoxville, Allen developed a great love for bluegrass music. During his career, Allen, an outstanding vocalist and competent rhythm guitarist (he also played banjo and mandolin), established himself as one of the leading exponents of the genre. After service with the US Marine Corps in the late 40s, he began to play with various musicians, including banjoist Noah Crase (with whom he made his first recordings for a minor label in 1953), around Dayton, Ohio. Between 1954 and 1958, he worked with the Osborne Brothers, the act being very popular on the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree and also for some MGM Records recordings, especially ‘Once More’ that, in 1958, reached number 13 in the US country charts.

In 1960, Allen relocated to the Washington area...

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