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RED ALLEN (AND THE KENTUCKIANS)

  • From Pigeon Roost, Kentucky. Lived in Dayton, Ohio for most of his career.Real name: Harley Allen.
  • Formed his first band “The Kentuckians” in the early 1950’s.
  • Mid-1950’s, teamed up with Sonny and Bobby Osborne to form the earliest recorded version of the Osborne Brothers.
  • Once filled in for Lester Flatt (with Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys) when Lester suffered a heart attack.
  • His band “The Kentuckians” has included such musicians as Bill Keith, Frank Wakefield, David Grisman, Porter Church, Bill Emerson and Scott Stoneman.
  • Late 1960’s, worked with J.D. Crowe and Doyle Lawson in the Kentucky Mountain Boys.
  • Sons Harley, Greg and Neal performed together as “The Allen Brothers” in the early seventies. Neal died from pneumonia in 1974. Harley is singer/songwriter in Nashville.
  • 1976, retired from music due in part to health problems (open-heart surgery).
  • 1984, formed “The New Kentuckians.”
  • 1992, recorded an album with David Grisman, Herb Pederson and Jerry Garcia which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
  • April 3, 1993, died of lung cancer.
  • 2005, was inducted into the IBMA’s Hall of Fame.
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