January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011 Remembering Harley Allen

Remembering Harley Allen (January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011) the youngest son of bluegrass Hall 0f Famer Red Allen. He began performing at age 12 with brothers Greg, Neal and Ronnie, recording two albums as The Allen Brothers. They disbanded in 1974 when Neal passed away from pneumonia while on the road.
In 1975, he joined J.D. Crowe’s band, taking his father’s place in the Kentucky Mountain Boys. In 1990, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a solo artist and songwriter, recording his first solo album for Mercury Records “Another River” in 1996. As a songwriter, he wrote hundreds of songs recorded by such artists as Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Daryl Worley, the Grascals, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, many others. In 2005, he won BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” award. March 30, 2011, Paul died of lung cancer at the age 55.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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