Edmonton's Barry Allen started his professional career as guitarist in Wes Dakus And The Rebels. While recording with Dakus in New Mexico, producer Norm Petty liked Allen's backing vocals so much he convinced Allen to cut some tunes for a single which most likely featured Wes Dakus & The Rebels as backing band and Norm Petty on keyboards called "Over My Shoulder" b/w "Flame Of Love". It was released on Quality Records in 1965. Allen's recordings with Wes Dakus & The Rebels continued on simultaneously to his solo releases including the 1966 album 'Wes Dakus' Rebels' in the on which he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar.
Later in 1965 Allen had signed a solo deal with Capitol Records US (Capitol Canada couldn't sign acts directly in the early days) and released two more Norm Petty (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Fireballs) produced singles: "Easy Come, Easy Go" and "It's Alright With Me Now". He won a Red Leaf Award (pre-cursor to the Juno Awards) in 1965 for 'Most Promising Male Vocalist'. Both songs were featured on his 1966 Capitol debut album 'Goin' Places' in March 1966.
He proved himself again in June 1966 with the 'Lovedrops' LP featuring the title track as a single which reached #4 on the CHUM charts and stayed in the Top-10 for over three months...eventually selling gold.
With the 'Lovedrops' album completely mined for singles, Capitol began releasing songs from a US released Wes Dakus's Rebels album for solo songs by each of its members including Stu Mitchell and Dennis Paul. Similarly, they pulled "Armful Of Teddy Bears" and its flipside, "Sad Souvenirs" from this KAPP album as a Barry Allen solo track in late 1966.
Despite touring the material with his band Barry Allen and the Southbound Freeway, the failure of this release and another single "I Know You Don't Want Me No More", also in 1967, ended Allen's deal with Capitol that year as a solo artist though he remained with The Rebels until joining The Purple Haze on the back of a new distribution deal with Compo out of Montreal.
Compo's Apex label released the band's only single - "I Don't Live Today" b/w "Ticket to Ride" in 1968. The group was short-lived but Allen stayed on with the label for one single in 1969 called "I Don't Know What I'll Do".
In 1970 Allen began hosting a Calgary based TV show which led to another solo album deal on MCA in 1971. He toured the record with his new backing band Cheyenne Winter.
After being signed to Randy Bachman's Molten Records for a remake of the 1967 Guess Who song "Wednesday In Your Garden", it was suggested he replace Jack Velker in a new band by former 49th Parallel members Dan Lowe and Doran Beattie called Painter. They managed one LP and at least one successful single, "West Coast Woman", on Elektra in 1973 after which founders Beattie and Lowe renamed the group Hammersmith. Allen would move on before the name change.
In recent years Allen has run his own recording studio in Edmonton called Homestead Recorders (formerly Larry Wanagas' Bumstead Studio).
with notes from Norm Bright and Bill Harvie.
Over My Shoulder/Flame Of Love (Quality) 1654X
Easy Come, Easy Go/Hot Sunshine (Capitol) 72214
It's All Right With Me Now/Never You Mind (Capitol) 72258
Never Mind/Easy Come, Easy Go (CBS - Holland) 1580
A Penny, A Teardrop/Love Me Again (Capitol) 72306
Hurry Santa Hurry/Pretty Paper (Capitol) 72315
Lovedrops/I Won't Be There (Capitol) 72345
Turn Her Down/Stumble And Fall (Capitol) 72391
Armful Of Teddy Bears/Sad Souvenirs (Capitol) 72430
I Know You Don't Want Me No More/Got The Feelin' Bad (Capitol) 72468
I Don't Know What I'll Do/Have You Ever Been In Love Before? (Apex) 77094
Well All Right/Christine (Barry) 3512
Wednesday In Your Garden/If You Look Away (Molten) MM-2
Take The Long Way Home/See The World (MCA) MCA-2005
Old Broken Toys/Tribute TO RCMP (Denali) SG-107
with WES DAKUS AND CLUB 93 REBELS
Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X
with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS
Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259
with PURPLE HAZE
I Don't Live Today/Ticket to Ride (Apex) 77090
Country Man/Lost The Sun (London) M-17444
Daybreak/I Do The Best I Can (Molten) MM-3
West Coast Woman/Space Truck (Elektra) EK-45862
Going Home To Rock And Roll/Tell Me Why (Elektra) EK-45873
Song For Sunshine/Crazy Feeling (Elektra) EK-45886
Goin' Places (Capitol) T-6164
Lovedrops (Capitol) T-6189
Barry Allen (MCA) MCA-7005
with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS
The Wes Dakus Alabum - With The Rebels (Capitol) T-6120
Wes Dakus' Rebels (KAPP) 3536
Painter (Elektra) EKS-75071
"Lovedrops" on 'Made In Canada - Volume One: The Early Years' (BMG)
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