Interview: David Allyn (Part 2) - JazzWax

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October 23, 2009


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Han Schulte

Dear Marc,

The sleeve notes of the album "Boyd Raeburn & his orchestra: Rhythms by Raeburn" (Aircheck Records 20; produced 1977) with air checks of June 19, July 25 and July 27, 1945 from the Rose Room of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco state about the leave of alto saxophonist Johnny Bothwell: "Bothwell took Claire Hogan, the recently acquired replacement of Margie Wood as a female vocalist, with him when he went. To take her place Raeburn used Barbara Cox (wife of the band's male vocalist, David Allen (sic), who appeared as 'Barbara Jane'."
Han Schulte

Sam Snyder

If you look around on the internet, you will see that a few collector's have posted ALL the above mentioned masterpiece LP's by this wonderful, unheralded vocalist absoluetly FREE since no record company is intelligent enough to re-issue these works commercially.

Steve Petkov

Just read your David Allyn - great stuff. I am one of the lucky ones .A couple of years
ago I came across all his albums on CD.Therefore I have the two Mandel albums, the Bob Florence and David Terry Albums,the Soft As Spring album,and the Bill Holman and Barry Harris Albums. Of course the Kern album is
truly one for the ages. I'm a lucky guy!

Mike Merriman

Marc I`ve been a David Allyn fan for a number of years.I got to hear him live at some joint on the upper west side in NYC.What a thrill.I`m a bass player so it was a bonus for Milt Hinton to be on bass that night.I listen to the Don`t Look Back album all the time.It`s phasing Man.Thanks for the posting.

Bill Reed

"Allen"'s name on the front of the Japanese release of My Lucky Day is not really a misspelling (see above). It's just that record consumers in that nation are absolutely bears on facsimiles of earlier LPs being reproduced EXACTLY as they were when first issued. And "Allen" was the way "My Lucky Day" was initially released (as was the first World Pacific). (I know of one Japan label that insisted on spelling a Billie Holiday tribute album as "Billy" on the cover even though they knew it was incorrect. Because that's the way it was spelled on the original cover.) I wrote the liner notes for the Japan reissue. There was no personnel listing on the original LP (another Jpn no-no). When I rang up arranger Bob Florence, he was able to recite the entirety of the personnel off the top of his head with no hesitation. This for an album that was more than forty years old!!

Claiborne Ray

Some good news: I just bought both "A Sure Thing" and "This Is My Lucky Day" from Itunes. (They are listed as being by "David Allen.") I am a big fan of his. Heard him occasionally at the Red Blazer on 46th Street in the 80s or 90s. He sings in tune and has all the warmth of Dick Haymes, without being in any way saccharine. Doesn't show off much. Doesn't have to.

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