Red Allen (2)

Real Name:
Harley Allen
Profile:
American bluegrass guitarist and singer/songwriter. Born February 12, 1930 in Pigeon Roost Hollow, Harlan County, near Hazard, Kentucky, USA. Died April 3, 1993 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is the father of Harley Allen, Greg Allen (10) and Ronnie Allen (4).
Harley "Red" Allen (reportedly christened “Arley” and later known as “Harley”) came to Dayton in 1949. With Frank Wakefield and others, he played the West Third Street bars.
In 1952 he formed the group Red Allen and the Kentuckians.
After recording three singles for Cincinnati’s Kentucky Records, Allen hooked up with the Osborne Brothers. Through Dayton DEEJAY Tommy Sutton, they secured a recording contract with MGM Records and became members of the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. While working there, they developed the high lead style of bluegrass harmony, in which two parts are sung below the melody.
After splitting with the Osbornes in 1958, Allen returned to Dayton and cut a single on Les Bodine’s BMC label with Frank Wakefield and Red Spurlock as the Red Heads.
In 1959, Allen and Wakefield moved to the Washington, D.C. area and re-formed the Kentuckians with the addition of Wakefield. During this period, he recorded on Starday, Rebel, Melodeon, County, and Folkways.
In 1967, Allen worked several months with Earl Scruggs as a Foggy Mountain Boy, filling in after Lester Flatt’s heart attack.
In 1968, after the Kentuckians broke up, Allen went to Lexington, Kentucky and formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys with J. D. Crowe.
In 1969, Allen returned to Dayton and joined his four teenaged sons to form Red Allen and the Allen Brothers. They recorded on Lemco, King Bluegrass, and Folkways.
In the 1980s, Allen recorded for Folkways, and performed closer to his Ohio home until his death in 1993.
After his death, many of the musicians Allen knew or had played with got together at Memorial Hall in Dayton for A Tribute To Red Allen.
In 2005, Allen was inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
In 2007, Dennis Satterlee authored a book on Allen's musical career titled "Teardrops In My Eyes," published by Plucked String Foundation, Inc.
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Albums

E3734 Red Allen (2) - Country Pickin' And Hillside Singin' album art The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) - Country Pickin' And Hillside Singin' (Album) MGM Records E3734 US 1959 Sell This Version
FA 2408 Red Allen (2) - Bluegrass album art Red Allen (2), Frank Wakefield And The Kentuckians Red Allen (2), Frank Wakefield And The Kentuckians - Bluegrass (Album) Folkways Records FA 2408 US 1964 Sell This Version
County 710 Red Allen (2) - Red Allen & The Kentuckians album art Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians - Red Allen & The Kentuckians (Album) County Records County 710 US 1966 Sell This Version
County 704 Red Allen (2) - Bluegrass Country album art Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians - Bluegrass Country (Album) County Records County 704 US 1966 Sell This Version
LAX(KB) 6026, LAX(KB)-6026 Red Allen (2) - My Old Kentucky Home album art Red Allen (2) & The Allen Bros.* Red Allen (2) & The Allen Bros.* - My Old Kentucky Home (Album) King Bluegrass Records LAX(KB) 6026, LAX(KB)-6026 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Lemco 612 Red Allen (2) - Allengrass album art Red Allen (2) & The Allen Bros.* Red Allen (2) & The Allen Bros.* - Allengrass (Album) Lemco Lemco 612 US 1973 Sell This Version
KB-542 Red Allen (2) - Red Allen Favorites album art Red Allen (2) And The Allen Brothers (2) Red Allen (2) And The Allen Brothers (2) - Red Allen Favorites(LP, Album) King Bluegrass Records KB-542 US 1975 Sell This Version
LAX(KB) 6041 Red Allen (2) And The Allen Brothers (2) Red Allen (2) And The Allen Brothers (2) - Red Allen Favorites(LP, Album) London Records LAX(KB) 6041 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
RC-104 Red Allen (2) - Red Allen And Frank Wakefield album art Red Allen (2) And Frank Wakefield Red Allen (2) And Frank Wakefield - Red Allen And Frank Wakefield(LP, Album) Red Clay Records RC-104 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
FTS 31065 Red Allen (2) - Live & Let Live album art Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians Red Allen (2) & The Kentuckians - Live & Let Live(LP, Album) Folkways Records FTS 31065 US 1979 Sell This Version
FTS 31073 Red Allen (2) - In Memory Of The Man album art Red Allen (2) In Memory Of The Man (Album) Folkways Records FTS 31073 US 1980 Sell This Version
FTS 31088 Red Allen (2) - Family & Friends album art Red Allen (2) Family & Friends(LP, Album) Folkways Records FTS 31088 US 1981 Sell This Version
FTS 31097 Red Allen (2) - The Red Allen Tradition album art Red Allen (2) The Red Allen Tradition(LP) Folkways Records FTS 31097 US 1983 Sell This Version
ACD-11 Red Allen (2) - The Kitchen Tapes (Original Recordings From 1963) album art Red Allen (2) And Frank Wakefield Red Allen (2) And Frank Wakefield - The Kitchen Tapes (Original Recordings From 1963) (Album) Acoustic Disc ACD-11 US 1994 Sell This Version
CD-258 Red Allen (2) - The WDON Recordings 1963 album art Red Allen (2), Frank Wakefield And The Kentuckians Red Allen (2), Frank Wakefield And The Kentuckians - The WDON Recordings 1963(CD, Album) Patuxent Music CD-258 US 2014 Sell This Version
VR-24 Red Allen (2) - Echoes From The Hills album art Red Allen (2) Echoes From The Hills(10") Vega (13) VR-24 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4-592 Red Allen (2) - Bouquet In Heaven / Boat Of Love album art Red Allen (2) Bouquet In Heaven / Boat Of Love Kentucky Records 4-592 US 1953 Sell This Version
4-591 Red Allen (2) - Preaching And Praying / Paul And Silas album art Red Allen (2) Preaching And Praying / Paul And Silas (Single) Kentucky Records 4-591 US 1953 Sell This Version
597 Red Allen (2) -  White Dove / Mansions For Me album art Red Allen (2) White Dove / Mansions For Me Kentucky Records 597 US 1953 Sell This Version
592 Red Allen (2) - Boat Of Love / Bouquet In Heaven album art Red Allen (2) Boat Of Love / Bouquet In Heaven(7", Single) Alcar Records 592 US 1953 Sell This Version
4-76 Red Allen (2) - I Have Found The Way album art Red Allen (2), Delbert Barker, Al Runyon Red Allen (2), Delbert Barker, Al Runyon - I Have Found The Way(7", EP) Big 4 Hits 4-76 US 1954 Sell This Version
K12383 The Osborne Brothers, Red Allen (2) The Osborne Brothers, Red Allen (2) - Who Done It / Teardrops In My Eyes (Single) MGM Records K12383 US 1956 Sell This Version
12420 Red Allen (2) - Down In The Willow Garden / Ho, Honey, Ho album art The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) - Down In The Willow Garden / Ho, Honey, Ho (Single) MGM Records 12420 US 1957 Sell This Version
K12583 Red Allen (2) - She's No Angel / Once More album art The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) - She's No Angel / Once More(7") MGM Records K12583 US 1957 Sell This Version
K12527 Red Allen (2) - Wild Mountain Honey / Della Mae album art The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) The Osborne Brothers And Red Allen (2) - Wild Mountain Honey / Della Mae(7") MGM Records K12527 US 1957 Sell This Version