TerryAllen

Terry Allen

Vocalist Terry Allen worked with Red Norvo in 1938 and 1939 and Larry Clinton in 1939 and 1940 before joining Will Bradley’s orchestra. When the band’s co-leader, Ray McKinley, split the group in January 1942, Allen remained with Bradley.

In June 1942, Allen signed with Claude Thornhill, staying only a couple of months before joining Hal McIntyre’s orchestra. He stayed with McIntyre until early 1943, when he entered the Navy.

After Allen’s discharge in mid 1944, reports suggested he would form his own band. He instead joined Johnny Long’s orchestra, though he did not stay. He earned his own daily CBS radio program in September and became a regular performer at the famous Stage Door Canteen.

Allen recorded for the Atlantic label in 1948, singing film composer David Broekman’s “Jade Green,” an experimental, exotic tune.

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  • Have Mercy
    Red Norvo (Terry Allen), Vocalion (1939)
  • You Forgot About Me
    Larry Clinton (Terry Allen), (1940)
  • I Need Somebody to Love
    Will Bradley (Terry Allen), Columbia (1941)
  • I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep
    Claude Thornhill (Terry Allen), Columbia (1942)

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Sources

  1. Simon, George T. The Big Bands. 4th ed. New York: Schirmer, 1981.
  2. The Online Discographical Project. Accessed 27 Jul. 2015.
  3. “New Recordings Are Announced.” Berkeley Daily Gazette 4 Sep. 1940: 8.
  4. Gum, Coburn. “On the Records.” St. Petersburg Times 1 Jun. 1941.
  5. “Separate Bands for Will and Ray.” Billboard 31 Jan. 1942: 9.
  6. “Orchestra Notes.” Billboard 27 Jun. 1942: 21.
  7. “Orchestra Notes.” Billboard 8 Aug. 1942: 23.
  8. “Vaudeville Reviews: Hippodrome, Baltimore.” Billboard 2 Jan. 1943: 74.
  9. “Music Grapevine.” Billboard 5 Aug. 1944: 16.
  10. “T. Allen, Ex-Gob, With Long.” Billboard 26 Aug. 1944: 16.
  11. “Music Grapevine.” Billboard 16 Sep. 1944: 19.
  12. “Music Grapevine.” Billboard 7 Oct. 1944: 20.
  13. “Premature Singling and Fronting Hurts Chirps, Sideman, Say Handlers.” Billboard 2 Mar. 1946: 16.
  14. “The Wax Works.” St. Petersburg Times 28 Nov. 1948: n. pag.
  15. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 18 Dec. 1948: 35.

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