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And that applies to tenor saxophonist Lee Francis Allen (born in Pittsburg, Kansas on July 2, 1927 - died in California on October 18, 1994 at age 67) whose only two nationally-charting singles only made it to the mid- and lower-regions of the Pop charts. Which is strange since the music of Lee Allen And His Band was every bit as appealing and compelling as that of Bill Doggett whose Combo boasted 9 Top 30 singles on the R&B listings in the same era. Certainly, his wailing sax was very much in evidence on R&B hits by such as Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Little Richard.
Leading his own aggregation, he first scored nationally when the rollicking Walkin' With Mr. Lee peaked at # 54 Billboard Pop Tyop 100 in Jan-Feb 1958 as Ember 1027 b/w Promenade. Why this never rose higher can probably be attributed to the fact that Al Silver's New York City-based independent label Ember Records (he also ran Herald) simply did not have the same promotional clout as that enjoyed by the much larger King Records of Cincinnati which had been around since 1943 and which handled Bill Doggett's material. Consequently, the best the otherwise great Tic Toc could do was a # 92 later that September as Ember 1039 b/w Chuggin'.
All four sides were then included in his only Ember LP - "Walkin' With Mr. Lee" (Ember ELP-200) which also came out in 1958 containing: A1. Walkin' With Mr Lee (2:20); A2.Read more ›
alright mr.lee allen , blow your horn !!!!!!!!
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Despite user reviews stating that this was a good reissue with clean sound etc, this cd arrived new, but my cd player cannot read the disc. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Craig Lane
This cd was Just how I remembered it. This is such a GreAt hard to find addition to my collection.Published on July 29, 2013 by Bumblebee