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There Ain't No Such Word As Can't: An Authobiography Paperback – July 14, 2005


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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420817108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420817102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

If you open the encyclopedia's of Jazz, by Leonard feather, Barry Ulaunov or George Simon, you would find the name David Allyn (Allen also spelled with an e). He sang with Jack Teagarden when WWII was declared. While playing the "College Inn" at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago where David registered his first induction in the service. Date of entry into active service: 24 April, 1942. Joined 1st Infantry Division at Indian Town Gap Pennsylvania. Sailed on "Queen Mary" Invaded N. Africa Nov 8, 1942. Fought in the fierce loosing battle of Kasserine Pass and was wounded at El Guetlar, Tunisia, 28 Mar. 1943.The scars of combat never left him. Discharged, joined the Van Alexander's band at Roseland Ballroom. Many bands followed, Boyd Raeburn, Count Bassie, Stan Kenton, Johnny Carson, Griffen and Today Shows were stand-outs. David Allyn has written songs with Steve Allen and is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Byars on June 19, 2008
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I read David Allyn's entire autobiography on an international flight. It was riveting, to the point of keeping me awake when I should have been resting. There is an endearing lack of proofreading that certifies the authenticity of the tale; there is no middle-man between the writer and reader, no one to polish up the hard truth that David imparts without apology and without excuse. No one to say "David, are you sure you want to put that in your book?" It's all in there and I loved every word of it.

This WWII veteran and master musician can add "author" to his list of accomplishments. His tale shows a true American story. I can't give it away: you must read it. I laughed out loud; I cried; I was amazed; I was shocked. And it's all real; this is no Disney story.
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If you enjoy David Allyn's recordings from the period of the 50s and 60s, then you might enjoy this autobiography. Absent that fact, this is only a mildly interesting story. Better first to enjoy his vocalizing on "Sure Thing," along with Johnny Mandel's orchestration. Every song is by Jerome Kern. This is ballad singing supreme!
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