Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee and began his singing career as a member of a church choir in his home town. He relocated to Chicago in 1960 and received a recording contract one year later at Age Records. He had a local hit with "You Better Be Sure" and in 1963, his hit "Cut You A-Loose" reached #20 in Billboard's R&B chart. Some of his recordings, such as "It's A Mess I Tell You" and "I Can't Stand No Signifying", portended the emerging soul-blues style of the 70s. After his retirement from the music industry in the early 70s, he ran a laundry and a limousine service. In 2001, he performed at the Mönsterås Festival in Sweden, and the following year at the Chicago Blues Festival. He died in 2005, aged 70.
Going Or Coming gathers the near-complete recordings by Ricky Allen. 19 of his 20 45s cut between the early 60s to early 70s for Age, USA, 4 Brothers, Bright Star, One-Way Records, among others. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.
05. Ricky Allen - 1961 - A Man's Got A Right (To Cry Sometimes) (Age 29105)