November 26, 2004

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Artist: Allen, Barry




Born: Edmonton, Alberta

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.


Singles
1964 Over My Shoulder/Flame Of Love (Quality) 1654X
1965 Easy Come, Easy Go/Hot Sunshine (Capitol) 72214
1965 It's All Right With Me Now/Never You Mind (Capitol) 72258
1965 Never Mind/Easy Come, Easy Go (CBS - Holland) 1580
1965 A Penny, A Teardrop/Love Me Again (Capitol) 72306
1965 Hurry Santa Hurry/Pretty Paper (Capitol) 72315
1966 Lovedrops/I Won't Be There (Capitol) 72345
1966 Turn Her Down/Stumble And Fall (Capitol) 72391
1967 Armful Of Teddy Bears/Sad Souvenirs (Capitol) 72430
1967 I Know You Don't Want Me No More/Got The Feelin' Bad (Capitol) 72468
1969 I Don't Know What I'll Do/Have You Ever Been In Love Before? (Apex) 77094
1969 Well All Right/Christine (Barry) 3512
1970 Wednesday In Your Garden/If You Look Away (Molten) MM-2
1971 Take The Long Way Home/See The World (MCA) MCA-2005
197? Old Broken Toys/Tribute TO RCMP (Denali) SG-107

with WES DAKUS AND CLUB 93 REBELS
1965 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X

with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS
1965 Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
1965 Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259

with PURPLE HAZE
1968 I Don't Live Today/Ticket to Ride (Apex) 77090

with PAINTER
1971 Country Man/Lost The Sun (London) M-17444
1972 Daybreak/I Do The Best I Can (Molten) MM-3
1973 West Coast Woman/Space Truck (Elektra) EK-45862
1974 Going Home To Rock And Roll/Tell Me Why (Elektra) EK-45873
1974 Song For Sunshine/Crazy Feeling (Elektra) EK-45886

Albums
1966 Goin' Places (Capitol) T-6164
1966 Lovedrops (Capitol) T-6189
1971 Barry Allen (MCA) MCA-7005

with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS
1965 The Wes Dakus Alabum - With The Rebels (Capitol) T-6120
1966 Wes Dakus' Rebels (KAPP) 3536

with PAINTER
1973 Painter (Elektra) EKS-75071

Video


Compilation Tracks
1990 "Lovedrops" on 'Made In Canada - Volume One: The Early Years' (BMG)





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