Sam Allen (January 30, 1909 – April 1963) was an American jazz pianist.
Allen accompanied silent films in movie palaces from the age of ten. In 1928 he moved to New York City, where he joined Herbert Cowans's band at the Rockland Palace. Before long he moved back to Ohio, where he played with Alex Jackson in 1930. Soon after this Allen joined James P. Johnson's orchestra as the second pianist, and followed this with an extended run in Teddy Hill's band, which occupied him for most of the 1930s and included tours of Europe.
Early in the 1940s Allen worked with Stuff Smith before becoming the pianist for Slim & Slam, the gig for which he was best known. He also played with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. Around the end of the decade Allen moved to Washington and worked locally as a solo pianist for a time, then relocated to Oakland, California, where he played with Billie Heywood, Eddie Alley, John Handy Ike Bell and others.
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Birth and Death Data: Born January 30, 1909 (Middleport), Died September 1, 1963 (Oakland)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1944
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, guitar
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-06462||10-in.||3/26/1937||The love bug will bite you (if you don't watch out)||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-06463||10-in.||3/26/1937||Would you like to buy a dream?||Beatrice Douglas ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-06464||10-in.||3/26/1937||Big Boy Blue||Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-06465||10-in.||3/26/1937||Where is the sun?||Beatrice Douglas ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-06466||10-in.||3/26/1937||The Harlem twister||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-06467||10-in.||3/26/1937||My Marie||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07925||10-in.||4/23/1937||I know now||Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07926||10-in.||4/23/1937||The lady who couldn't be kissed||Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07927||10-in.||4/23/1937||(Have you forgotten) The you and me that used to be||Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07928||10-in.||4/23/1937||A study in brown||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07929||10-in.||4/23/1937||Twilight in Turkey||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-07930||10-in.||4/23/1937||China boy||Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Gramophone||0LA1894||10-in.||7/12/1937||I've found a new baby||Dicky Wells Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Gramophone||0LA1899||10-in.||7/12/1937||Dicky Wells blues||Sam Allen ; Bill Beason ; Roger Chaput ; Dicky Wells||Trombone solo, with piano, guitar, and drums||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39693||10-in.||7/10/1935||If the moon turns green||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39694||10-in.||7/10/1935||Lulu's back in tovm||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39723||10-in.||7/18/1935||In a little gypsy tea room||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39724||10-in.||7/18/1935||I never saw a better night||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39725||10-in.||7/19/1935||Lost my rhythm, lost my music, lost my man||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39726||10-in.||7/19/1935||I'm painting the town red||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||72297||10-in.||6/26/1944||I can't get started||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||72298||10-in.||6/26/1944||After you've gone||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||72299||10-in.||6/26/1944||Body and soul||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Sam," accessed June 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110381.
Allen, Sam. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110381.
"Allen, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 June 2023.
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Wikipedia: Sam Allen (musician)
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Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Allen, Sam, 1909-1963 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no96059366
Wikidata: Sam Allen (musician) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q3470445
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