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David Allyn

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David Allyn: Radio Interview

David Allyn: Radio Interview

One of the finest pure-jazz male vocalists in the LP era was David Allyn. He easily was among the hippest up-tempo singers and one of the most heartbreaking balladeers. It's hard not to snap your fingers when David launches into swingers on albums or tear up when he works a vulnerable torch song. David had amazing ...

News: Recording

David Allyn: When Love Comes

David Allyn: When Love Comes

I listened extensively to the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra over the weekend while writing. I'm always awed by the band and how sophisticated it was as early as 1944. Nearly all of the musicians who played in the Raeburn bands turned out to be exceptional. The list includes Johnny Mandel, Hal McKusick, Al Cohn, Don Lamond, Pinky ...

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News: Interview

David Allyn: Where You At?

David Allyn: Where You At?

Singer David Allyn joined Jack Teagarden's band in early 1940—just months after Frank Sinatra began singing with Tommy Dorsey. Both singers learned a great deal about phrasing from their trombonist bosses. When Sinatra left Dorsey in '42 to record as a solo artist at Columbia, Allyn went into the Army. After Allyn returned to the States ...

News: Recording

Hidden Downloads: David Allyn

Hidden Downloads: David Allyn

One of my favorite male vocal albums is A Sure Thing: David Allyn Sings Jerome Kern. Recorded originally for World Pacific 55 years ago this November, the album was arranged and conducted by Johnny Mandel. Johnny and David were both in Boyd Raeburn's band at the same time in the mid-1940s and maintained a lifelong friendship. A ...

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News: Recording

David Allyn: A Swing for Joey

David Allyn: A Swing for Joey

Last week I came across a rather haunting and brief David Allyn vocal ballad called A Swing for Joey. It runs all of 32 measures, without a repeating chorus or a break for solos. Curious, I did a little research and found that the song was recorded only twice--both times by David. The first recording of ...

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News: Interview

Interview: David Allyn (Part 2)

Interview: David Allyn (Part 2)

True confession: I probably listen to David Allyn's A Sure Thing (World Pacific) from 1957 at least once every two weeks. The album features soaring charts by Johnny Mandel, and it's among the most perfect male vocal packages ever recorded. That's a pretty big statement, but you won't find much pushback from those who own it ...

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News: Interview

Interview: David Allyn (Part 1)

Interview: David Allyn (Part 1)

David Allyn is a singer's singer. All jazz vocalists with a heart have a tender spot for David's warm, passionate baritone. Leading arrangers and jazz musicians from the 1940s and 1950s, including Johnny Mandel, Hal McKusick, Joe Wilder and others who came up during this era, also love David's voice and intonation. Before Chet Baker, before ...

Album

I Only Have Eyes For You

Label: Cristal Records
Released: 1979

Album

In The Blue Of Evening

Label: Cristal Records
Released: 1978


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