Friday, 25 January 2019

Going Or Coming

Not necessarily unheralded but certainly underrated and under-appreciated for his seminal soul/blues crossover contributions of the early 60s. While maybe not held in the same high regard as his contemporaries, Ricky Allen was no less a champion of soul, blues and R&B.


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.

*missing:
05. Ricky Allen - 1961 - A Man's Got A Right (To Cry Sometimes) (Age 29105)


19 comments:

Aussie said...

thank you - Aussie

pmac said...

Have a few of his songs on some blues compilations. Great voice - really looking forward to this - many thanks!

Any chance for a Diamond Joe (Maryland) post?!?

JJMURA said...

Not enough known but a great talent. Thanks !

Anonymous said...

superb young un!


Whitby willie

imnokid said...

Thanx for this. I only had a few trax by him.

soulpapa said...

All new to me! Thanks!

Bob Mac said...

Many thanks for this.

Anton said...

Thank You For Filling This Gap In My Records !

Little Boy Blue said...

Hello,
missing is also
Age 29119 All About My baby / Nothing At All as by Eddie Allen.
The A-side is easy to get from youtube.
4 Brothers 402 (Keep It To Yourself) is the same track as
"I Can't Stand No Signifyin'" on 4 Brothers 401.

Many thanks for your work and please keep it going on

s13 said...

thank you, always grateful for input. will try and track down.

re: keep it to yourself, is it a re-recording or literally the same track just with an alternate name?

s13 said...

definitely not any time soon but certainly not out of the realms of possibility.

Little Boy Blue said...

I got the information from Leadbitter / Slaven "Blues Records".Aurally it is the same track, though the labels at
discogs give 2:12 (Signifyin') and 2:25 (Keep It)!
2:12 is correct.

Daddy Cool said...
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Bob said...

Hi,

Many thanks for the recent uploads.

Here are copies from 2 different sources. The top one I recorded from a streaming site:-

33. Ricky Allen - 1967 - Keep It To Yourself (4 Brothers 402).mp3
https://www63.zippyshare.com/v/OxhTGRgU/file.html

Ricky Allen - Keep it to yourself (4-Brothers 402).mp3
https://www63.zippyshare.com/v/oNNBj4gG/file.html

Bob said...
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Bob said...

Found these two too.

11-04 Eddie Allen - All About My Baby.mp3
https://www29.zippyshare.com/v/Wo6Wqd09/file.html

10-13 Eddie Allen - Nothing At All.mp3
https://www29.zippyshare.com/v/eVfXYncK/file.html

Bob said...

Found these two too.

11-04 Eddie Allen - All About My Baby.mp3
https://www29.zippyshare.com/v/Wo6Wqd09/file.html

10-13 Eddie Allen - Nothing At All.mp3
https://www29.zippyshare.com/v/eVfXYncK/file.html

Little Boy Blue said...

Hallo,
I missed the Eddie Allen titles from Age 29119.
Can You please re-up then?
Regards & many thanks

s13 said...

@Little Boy Blue

updated link now available!