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Henry Allen

Henry James "Red" Allen (January 7, 1908 – April 17, 1967) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist whose style has been claimed to be the first to fully incorporate the innovations of Louis Armstrong.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 7th, 1908 (New Orleans), Died April 17th, 1967 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, trumpet, director, cornet, composer

Notes: Also known as Henry "Red" Allen.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-53929 10-in. 7/17/1929 Feeling drowsy Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer, director  
Victor BVE-53930 10-in. 7/17/1929 Swing out Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer, director  
Victor BVE-55133 10-in. 7/16/1929 It should be you Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor BVE-55134 10-in. 7/16/1929 Biff'ly blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer, director  
Victor BVE-55852 10-in. 9/24/1929 Make a country bird fly wild Henry Allen ; Four Wanderers ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, trumpet, composer, director  
Victor BVE-55853 10-in. 9/24/1929 Funny feathers blues Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra ; Victoria Spivey Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-55854 10-in. 9/24/1929 How do they do it that way Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-55855 10-in. 9/24/1929 Pleasing Paul Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-56727 10-in. 9/30/1929 Lookin' good but feelin' bad Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56728 10-in. 9/30/1929 I need someone like you Fats Waller’s Buddies ; Four Wanderers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56732 10-in. 10/1/1929 Blood hound blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56733 10-in. 10/1/1929 Dirty T. B. blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56734 10-in. 10/1/1929 Moaning the blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-56735 10-in. 10/1/1929 Telephoning the blues Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57080 10-in. 11/13/1929 Sweet Peter Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57081 10-in. 11/13/1929 Jersey Joe Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57082 10-in. 11/13/1929 Mississippi Mildred Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57083 10-in. 11/13/1929 Mint julep Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57554 10-in. 11/25/1929 Day breakin' blues Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57555 10-in. 11/25/1929 Heartbreakin' blues Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57556 10-in. 11/25/1929 Leavin' you baby Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57557 10-in. 11/25/1929 Longin' for home Sweet Peas Spivey Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57926 10-in. 12/18/1929 Lookin' for another sweetie Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57927 10-in. 12/18/1929 Ridin' but walkin' Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57928 10-in. 12/18/1929 Won't you get off it please Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-57929 10-in. 12/18/1929 When I'm alone Fats Waller’s Buddies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-58581 10-in. 2/18/1930 Sugar Hill function Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-58582 10-in. 2/18/1930 You might get better but you'll never get well Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-58583 10-in. 2/18/1930 Everybody shout Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BVE-58584 10-in. 2/18/1930 Dancing Dave Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer, director  
Victor BVE-59747 10-in. 4/10/1930 Edna King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59748 10-in. 4/10/1930 Boogie woogie King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-59749 10-in. 4/10/1930 Mule face blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62188 10-in. 6/3/1930 Big time woman Wilton Crawley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with clarinet solo and male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62189 10-in. 6/3/1930 I'm her papa, she's my mama Wilton Crawley ; Washboard Rhythm Kings Clarinet solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62190 10-in. 6/3/1930 New Crawley blues Wilton Crawley ; Washboard Rhythm Kings Clarinet solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62191 10-in. 6/3/1930 She saves her sweetest smiles for me Wilton Crawley Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62343 10-in. 7/15/1930 Roamin' Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet, vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-62344 10-in. 7/15/1930 Singing pretty songs Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet, director  
Victor BVE-62345 10-in. 7/15/1930 Patrol wagon blues Henry Allen ; New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet, vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-62346 10-in. 7/15/1930 I fell in love with you Henry Allen ; Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet, vocalist, director  
Victor BVE-62352 10-in. 7/16/1930 Fifty miles of elbow room Rev. F. W. McGee Female-male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-62353 10-in. 7/16/1930 Soul, don't you be uneasy Rev. F. W. McGee Sermon, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63134 10-in. 9/12/1930 What's the use of living without love George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63135 10-in. 9/12/1930 (You were only) Passinig time with me George Bias ; King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63639 10-in. 9/10/1930 Shake it and break it King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BVE-63640 10-in. 9/10/1930 Stingaree blues King Oliver Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BRC-70195 10-in. 8/28/1931 You rascal you Henry Allen ; Luis Russell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BRC-70196 10-in. 8/28/1931 Goin' to town Chick Bullock ; Luis Russell Orchestra ; Harold Mooney Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BRC-70197 10-in. 8/28/1931 Say the word Chick Bullock ; Luis Russell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BRC-70198 10-in. 8/28/1931 Freakish blues Luis Russell Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, cornet  
Columbia W152720 10-in. 2/23/1934 The gold diggers' song Henry Allen ; Benny Morton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and trumpet solo vocalist, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Columbia W265135 10-in. 9/22/1933 Queer notions-1 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265136 10-in. 9/22/1933 It's the talk of the town Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265137 10-in. 9/22/1933 Night life-3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265138 10-in. 9/22/1933 Nagasaki-2 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265144 10-in. 9/29/1933 Jamaica shout-1 Coleman Hawkins Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265150 10-in. 10/3/1933 Happy feet Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265151 10-in. 10/3/1933 I'm rhythm crazy now-1 Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265152 10-in. 10/3/1933 Old man river Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265153 10-in. 10/3/1933 Minnie the moocher's wedding day-1 Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265154 10-in. 10/3/1933 Ain't cha glad?-1 Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
Columbia W265155 10-in. 10/3/1933 I've got to sing a torch song Horace Henderson Orchestra vocalist  
OKeh W403493 10-in. 12/10/1929 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403494 10-in. 12/10/1929 Dallas blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403495 10-in. 12/13/1929 St. Louis blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403496 10-in. 12/13/1929 Rockin' chair Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403681 10-in. 1/24/1930 Song of the islands Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra [Luis Russell Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403714 10-in. 2/1/1930 Bessie couldn't help it Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403715 10-in. 2/1/1930 Blue, turning grey over you Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W490014 10-in. 12/10/1929 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W490015 10-in. 12/10/1929 Dallas blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W490016 10-in. 12/13/1929 St. Louis blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 38598 10-in. 9/11/1934 Limehouse blues-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38599 10-in. 9/11/1934 Shanghai shuffle-2, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38600 10-in. 9/11/1934 Big John special-3, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38601 10-in. 9/11/1934 Happy as the day is long-3, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38602 10-in. 9/12/1934 Tidal wave-1, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38603 10-in. 9/12/1934 Down South camp meeting-1, 2 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38604 10-in. 9/12/1934 Wrappin' it up-2, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38605 10-in. 9/12/1934 Memphis blues-3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38723 10-in. 9/25/1934 Wild party-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38724 10-in. 9/25/1934 Rug cutter's swing-1, 2, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38725 10-in. 9/25/1934 Hotter than 'ell-1, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 38728 10-in. 9/25/1934 Liza-1, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62328 10-in. 7/2/1937 Public melody number one Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62329 10-in. 7/2/1937 Yours and mine Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62330 10-in. 7/2/1937 Red cap Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62335 10-in. 7/7/1937 She's the daughter of a planter from Havana Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62336 10-in. 7/7/1937 Alexander's ragtime band Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62337 10-in. 7/7/1937 Cuban Pete Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62338 10-in. 7/7/1937 I've got a heart full of rhythm Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 62339 10-in. 7/7/1936 Sun showers Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64432 10-in. 8/11/1938 You're going to leave the old home Jim Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 64433 10-in. 8/11/1938 New Orleans blues Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 64434 10-in. 8/11/1938 He caught that B & O Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 64435 10-in. 8/11/1938 Don't you make me high Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 64907 10-in. 1/18/1939 Jeepers creepers Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 64908 10-in. 1/18/1939 What is this thing called swing? Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65344 10-in. 4/5/1939 Hear me talkin' to ya Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65345 10-in. 4/5/1939 Save it pretty Mama Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65346 10-in. 4/5/1939 West End blues Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65347 10-in. 4/5/1939 Savoy blues Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65460 10-in. 4/25/1939 (I'm) Confessin' (that I love you) Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65461 10-in. 4/25/1939 Our Monday date Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65462 10-in. 4/25/1939 If it's good then I want it Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65463 10-in. 4/25/1939 Me and Brother Bill Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65811 10-in. 6/14/1939 Plain Lenox Avenue Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65812 10-in. 6/14/1939 Men are like street cars Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65813 10-in. 6/14/1939 He's mine all mine Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65814 10-in. 6/14/1939 Headin' for the river Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65824 10-in. 6/15/1939 Baby, won't you please come home? Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65825 10-in. 6/15/1939 Poor old Joe Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 65826 10-in. 6/15/1939 Shanty boat on the Mississippi Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 66764 10-in. 10/13/1939 Cheatin' on me Helen Proctor vocalist  
Decca 66765 10-in. 10/13/1939 Let's call it a day Helen Proctor vocalist  
Decca 66766 10-in. 10/13/1939 Take me along with you Helen Proctor vocalist  
Decca 66767 10-in. 10/13/1939 Blues at midnight Helen Proctor vocalist  
Decca 66893 10-in. 11/17/1939 Blue deep sea blues Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66894 10-in. 11/17/1939 Never brag about your man Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66895 10-in. 11/17/1939 He's so good Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66896 10-in. 11/17/1939 I didn't dig you Jack Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66956 10-in. 12/13/1939 Handy Andy Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66957 10-in. 12/13/1939 Jitterbug blues Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66958 10-in. 12/13/1939 You been holding out too long Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66959 10-in. 12/13/1939 Lu's blues Blue Lu Barker vocalist  
Decca 66984 10-in. 12/18/1939 Poor old Joe Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 66985 10-in. 12/18/1939 You're a lucky guy Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 66986 10-in. 12/18/1939 You're just a no account Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 66987 10-in. 12/18/1939 Bye and bye Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67044 10-in. 1/11/1940 Another little girl Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67045 10-in. 1/11/1940 Ripley rumpling blues Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67046 10-in. 1/11/1940 Rolling stone Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67047 10-in. 1/11/1940 Perlina blues Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67048 10-in. 1/11/1940 Cross the Santa Fe Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67049 10-in. 1/11/1940 Howling man blues Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67050 10-in. 1/11/1940 Midnight dream Lee Brown ; Lee Brown vocalist  
Decca 67271 10-in. 3/5/1940 When they play them blues Frankie Half Pint Jaxon vocalist  
Decca 67272 10-in. 3/5/1940 Something's goin' on wrong Frankie Half Pint Jaxon vocalist  
Decca 67273 10-in. 3/5/1940 Wasn't it nice Frankie Half Pint Jaxon vocalist  
Decca 67274 10-in. 3/5/1940 You know jam don't shake Frankie Half Pint Jaxon vocalist  
Decca 67321 10-in. 3/14/1940 Hep cat's ball Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67322 10-in. 3/14/1940 You've got me voodoo'd Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67323 10-in. 3/14/1940 Harlem stomp Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67324 10-in. 3/14/1940 Wolverine blues Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67325 10-in. 3/14/1940 Lazy 'sippi steamer Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67648 10-in. 5/1/1940 Sweethearts on parade Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67649 10-in. 5/1/1940 You run your mouth, I'll run my business Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67650 10-in. 5/1/1940 Cut off my legs and call me Shorty Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67651 10-in. 5/1/1940 Cain and Abel Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67839 10-in. 5/28/1940 Down in jungle town Red Allen Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67840 10-in. 5/28/1940 Canal Street blues Red Allen Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67841 10-in. 5/28/1940 King Porter stomp Zutty Singleton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 67842 10-in. 5/28/1940 Shim-me-sha-wabble Zutty Singleton Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 68136 10-in. 9/23/1940 Baby don't you love me no more Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca 68137 10-in. 9/23/1940 My pony Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca 68138 10-in. 9/23/1940 Jive me, baby Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca 68139 10-in. 9/23/1940 Corrine Corrina Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca 68140 10-in. 9/23/1940 Bowleg woman Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca 68141 10-in. 9/23/1940 Fix it up and go Johnnie Temple vocalist  
Decca DLA 1132 10-in. 1/12/1938 Satchel mouth swing-1 Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca DLA 1133 10-in. 1/12/1938 Jubilee Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca DLA 1134 10-in. 1/12/1938 Struttin' with some barbecue Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca DLA 1135 10-in. 1/12/1938 The trumpet player's lament Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  
Decca C 25185 5/5/1944 The theme Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25186 10-in. 5/5/1944 Ride, Red, ride Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25187 5/5/1944 Just a feeling Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25188 10-in. 5/5/1944 Dark eyes Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25189 10-in. 5/5/1944 Dear old Southland Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25190 10-in. 5/5/1944 Red jump Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  
Decca C 25191 5/5/1944 Get the mop Henry "Red" Allen vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Henry," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103481.

Allen, Henry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103481.

"Allen, Henry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

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