Harley Allen

Harley Allen

born on 23/1/1956

died on 30/3/2011

Alias Red Allen

Links www.myspace.com (English)

Harley Allen

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Harley Allen

Harley Lee Allen (January 23, 1956March 30, 2011) was an American bluegrass and country singer and songwriter.

Early life

Allen was born in Dayton, Ohio, and is the son of bluegrass performer Red Allen.


Studio albums

Title Album details
Another River
  • Release date: November 5, 1996
  • Label: PolyGram Records


Year Single Album
1996 "Old Love Dreamin'" Another River
"The Waving Girl"
"Boy She Did"
1997 "Love Ain't Supposed to Hurt"

Music videos

Year Video Director
1996 "Boy She Did"[1] Lynn Spinnato


Allen appeared on several 1970s albums with his brothers as the Allen Brothers. He recorded three solo albums, Across the Blueridge Mountains (Folkways, 1983), Another River (PolyGram, 1996) and Live at the Bluebird (2001).

He was most known for providing background vocals on the song "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He won two Grammy Awards for that recording in 2002, in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Album of the Year categories.

Personal life

Allen is survived by his wife, singer Debbie Nims, and their two daughters, Katie and Maggie and son, Aaron.[2]


Allen died of lung cancer on March 30, 2011 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.[3]

Songs written

The singles/songs written or co-written by Allen are, among others, performed by:

  • Gary Allan ("Bourbon Borderline", "The Devil's Candy", "I Just Got Back From Hell", Learning To Live With Me", "Tough Little Boys")
  • Dierks Bentley ("My Last Name")
  • Garth Brooks ("Rollin'")
  • Tracy Byrd ("Cowgirl")
  • John Conlee ("Pass It On", "She's Mine")
  • Billy Currington ("Like My Dog")
  • The Del McCoury Band ("Keep Her While She's There", "Never Grow Up Boy")
  • Joe Diffie ("Something I Do For Me")
  • Ty England ("New Faces In The Field")
  • Alan Jackson ("Another Good Reason", "Between the Devil and Me", "Everything I Love", "I Slipped And Fell In Love", "I Still Love You", "Life Or Love", "Meat And Potato Man", "The Angels Cried", "Who I Am")
  • George Jones ("The Man He Was")
  • Sammy Kershaw ("For Years")
  • Hal Ketchum ("No Easy Road")
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station ("It Doesn't Matter")
  • Jake Mathews ("That's Why They Call It Cheatin'")
  • Kathy Mattea ("Live It")
  • John Michael Montgomery ("Cool", "December 1943", "I Wanna Be There", "The Little Girl")
  • Craig Morgan ("Paradise")
  • Joe Nichols ("I'll Wait for You", "If Nobody Believed In You")
  • Linda Ronstadt ("High Sierra")
  • Shannon Walker ("That's Why God Made Me", "Mommy All The Time", "His Father's Son", "Before I Let You Go", "Walk Out Of The Rain")
  • Blake Shelton ("The Baby", "The Bartender", "When Somebody Knows You That Well")
  • Daryle Singletary ("That's Why God Made Me")
  • Ricky Skaggs ("A Simple Life", "Spread A Little Love Around")
  • Josh Turner ("I Had One One Time")
  • Rhonda Vincent ("In Your Loneliness", "When Love Arrives")
  • Don Williams ("Gulf Shore Line")
  • Mark Wills ("Still Waiting")
  • Darryl Worley ("Awful, Beautiful Life", "Spread A Little Love Around")
  • Lonesome River Band ("Stray Dogs & Alley Cats")
  • Ronnie Bowman ("Merry Christmas,Ho Ho Ho")


External links

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