Ricky Allen

Real name: Richard Allen
Born: January 6, 1935, Nashville, Tennessee
Died: May 29, 2005, Chicago, Illinois

 


SINGLES

AGE 29102 – RICKY ALLEN
You’d Better Be Sure / You Were My Teacher (6/1961 US)

REGENCY R-882 – RICKY ALLEN
You’d Better Be Sure / You Were My Teacher (1961 CAN)

AGE 29104 – RICKY ALLEN
From You / Remember The Time (10/1961 US)

AGE 29105 – RICKY ALLEN
From You / A Man’s Got A Right (To Cry Some Times) (1961 US)

AGE 29115 – RICKY ALLEN
Ouch! / I Don’t Got It (1963 US)

AGE 29116 – RICKY ALLEN
I Wanna Hear From You / Heart Breaking (1963 US)

AGE 29118 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Cut You A-Loose / Faith (8/1963 US)

AGE 29118 – RICKY ALLEN
Cut You A-Loose / Faith
(Note: a-side Billboard/r&b #20 & pop #126) (8/1963 US)

AGE 29120 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Early In The Morning / Catch Up With Your Crowd (1963 US)

AGE 29120 – RICKY ALLEN
Early In The Morning / Catch Up With Your Crowd (1963 US)

AGE 29122 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN & THE ALLEN DOLLS
Eighty Hour Week / Can I Come Back Home (1963 US)

AGE 29122 – RICKY ALLEN & THE ALLEN DOLLS
Eighty Hour Week / Can I Come Back Home (1963 US)

AGE 29122 – RICKY ALLEN
Eighty Hour Week / Can I Come Back Home (1963 US)

AGE 29125 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Help Me Mama / The Big Fight (4/1964 US)

AGE 29125 – RICKY ALLEN
Help Me Mama / The Big Fight (4/1964 US)

MEL-LON 1004 – RICKY ALLEN
Help Me Mama / The Big Fight (1964 US)

APOGEE A-103 (promo) – RICKY ALLEN
It’s Love Baby / Step Down (7/1964 US)

APOGEE A-103 (multicolor/dark blue label) – RICKY ALLEN
It’s Love Baby / Step Down (7/1964 US)

USA 779 (promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Going Or Coming / Don’t You Ever Forget It (1964 US)

USA 779 – RICKY ALLEN
Going Or Coming / Don’t You Ever Forget It (1964 US)

USA 779 (promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Going Or Coming / Little By Little (1964 US)

USA 779 – RICKY ALLEN
Going Or Coming / Little By Little (1964 US)

USA 808 (promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Messed Around And Fell In Love / I Have Made A Change (1965 US)

USA 808 – RICKY ALLEN
Messed Around And Fell In Love / I Have Made A Change (1965 US)

BRIGHT STAR 147 (white label promo, 2 different label variations available, vinyl/styrene) – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR 147 – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR B.S. 147 – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-147 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-147 (2 different label variations available) – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-147 – RICKY ALLEN
Nothing In This World Can Hurt Me (Except You) / What Do You Do (7/1966 US)

USA 858 (promo) – RICKY ALLEN
I Ain’t Never / Hurt Look On My Face (10/1966 US)

USA 858 – RICKY ALLEN
I Ain’t Never / Hurt Look On My Face (10/1966 US)

BRIGHT STAR 150 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN, ARR. BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

BRIGHT STAR 150 – RICKY ALLEN, ARR. BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-150 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN, ARR. BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-150 (white label promo) – RICKY ALLEN, ARRANGED BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-150 – RICKY ALLEN, ARRANGED BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

BRIGHT STAR 45-150 – RICKY ALLEN, ARR. BY MONK HIGGINS
It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo (instr.) (1/1967 US)

4 BROTHERS 4 BROS 401 – RICKY ALLEN
I’m A Real Thankful Man / I Can’t Stand No Signifying (6/1967 US)

4 BROTHERS 4 B-402 – RICKY ALLEN
Keep It To Yourself / Just Me And You (9/1967 US)

TAM-BOO 6720 (red/light blue label) – RICKY ALLEN
Cut You Lose / Soul Street (1968 US)
(Note: also available as an identical red label UK 2015 repro edition)

BRIGHT STAR 1038 – RICKY ALLEN
I’m Such A Lonely Man / You Better Be Sure (1968 US)

ONE-WAY # (yellow label) – RICKY ALLEN
Talk’en About You Baby / No Better Time Than Now (1973 US)

ONE-WAY OW 7000 – RICKY ALLEN
Talk’en About You Baby / No Better Time Than Now (1973 US)

MEL M-1974 – RICKY ALLEN
Get Out Of My Window / Help Me Moma (1974 US)

AGE 29118 (reissue) – RICKY ALLEN Cut You A-Loose / (reverse by Junior Wells: Cha Cha Cha In Blue) (2016 UK)


Note: The 1963 single Age 29119 (“All About My Baby” / “Nothing At All”) as by Eddie Allen has sometimes been credited to Ricky Allen, but it may actually be by another artist. Both sides are written by someone named Johnson.

According to an interview published by Swedish Jefferson Magazine, Ricky Allen may have also recorded in the late 1950’s-early 1960’s for Look Records located in Nashville, Tennessee (not to be confused with the short-lived Starday-King Records’ subsidiary label of the late 1960’s/early 1970’s) but any releases are not known.

Sonny Lantz who had one 1963 release on Age Records (“Blues For Sonny” / “I’m Doing It Myself”) used to be the organist for Ricky Allen.


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ALBUMS

JEFFERSON SBACD 12657 [CD] – LIVE (2001 SWE)
Everyday I Have The Blues / Help Me Mama / You Were My Teacher / I Can’t Stand No Signifying / Little By Little / Stormy Monday / Cut You A-Loose / Ouch!
(recorded live at the Mönsterås Blues Festival, Sweden, May 25, 2001, feat. Ricky Allen:vcl, Mats Grönqvist:gtr, Lasse Hamnede:pno, Niklas Lûning:sax, Bo Johansson:bs, Micke Nilsson:dms)

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COLLECTIONS

OFFICIAL CD60102 [CD] – REMEMBER THE TIME (1994 DEN)
You’d Better Be Sure / You Were My Teacher / From You / Remember The Time / Ouch! / I Don’t Get It / I Wanna Hear From You / Heart Breaking / Cut You A-Loose / Faith / Early In The Morning / Catch Up With Your Crowd / Eighty Hour Week / Can I Come Back Home / Help Me Mama / The Big Fight / Little By Little / Going Or Coming / I Have Made A Change / Messed Around And Fell In Love / I Ain’t Never / Hurt Look On My Face / It’s Love Baby / Step Down / I’m A Real Thankful Man / I Can’t Stand No Signifying / Just You And Me / Nothing In The World Can’t Hurt Me / What Do You Do / It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boo-Ga-Loo

AGE 29102 [CD] – RICKY ALLEN’S RARE TRACKS (2005 GER)
From You / Remember The Time / Cut You A Loose / Faith / Early In The Morning / Catch Up With Your Crowd / Eighty Hour Week / Can I Come Back Home / Help Me Mama / The Big Fight / I Can’t Stand No Signifying / I’m A Real Thankful Man / Just Me & You / I Have Made A Change / Messed Around & Fell In Love’ / It’s Love Baby / Step Down / What Do You Do / Nothing In The World Can Hurt Me / It’s A Mess I Tell You / Skate Boog A Loo / I’m Such A Lonely Man / You Better Be Sure / No Better Time Than Now / Talking About You Baby

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COMPILATIONS

STORYVILLE SLP 176 [LP] – V/A: BLUESSCENE U.S.A., VOL. 1 – RHYTHM & BLUES OF CHICAGO (1965 DEN)
Ouch / I Don’t Got It / Early In The Morning
– lp reissues: Storyville-Teichiku ULS-1817-R, 1975 JPN / Storyville SLP 840, 1975 DEN / “Rhythm & Blues Of Chicago”, Storyville SLP 176, 1975 UK/DEN / Storyville PSLP-840, 1982 POR –

SUPRAPHON/GRAMOFONOVÝ KLUB 0 15 0608 [LP] – V/A: RHYTHM AND BLUES (1969 CZE)
Ouch!
– reissue: “Rhythm & Blues”, Supraphon 0 15 0608, 1973 CZE –

RED LIGHTNIN’ RL 0018 [LP] – EARL HOOKER/JODY WILLIAMS: THE LEADING BRAND (1978 UK)
You Better Be Sure

P-VINE SPECIAL PLP 9022-25 [4-LP] – V/A: CHICAGO BLUES: A QUARTER CENTURY (1981 JPN)
Ouch!
– 3-cd reissues: P-Vine PCD-2030-32, 1989 JPN / P-Vine PCD-18519/21, 2008 JPN –

P-VINE SPECIAL PLP-9027 [LP] – V/A: SCREAMIN’ & CRYIN’ – CHICAGO URBAN BLUES NON-STOP (1982 JPN)
Little By Little

FLYRIGHT FLY LP 590 [LP] – V/A: OUT OF BAD LUCK – 1961-1966 CHICAGO BLUES FROM USA & CHIEF (1983 UK)
Ouch!

CHARLY CRB 1135 [LP] – V/A: CHICAGO CALLING (1986 UK)
Remember The Time / Early In The Morning / Cut You A-Loose

GREEN LINE CD5VIN05 [5-CD] – V/A: RHYTHM N’ BLUES GEMS 5 CD SET (1989 UK)
Cut You A Loose

CHARLY CD DIG 4 [4-CD] – V/A: CHICAGO BLUES (1994 UK)
Cut You A-Loose

CHARLY CD DIG 3 [4-CD] – V/A: A MODERN BLUES ANTHOLOGY – AIN’T TIMES HARD (1994 UK)
Cut You A-Loose

CHARLY CDNEW 102 [CD] – V/A: BLUES SHAKERS (1996 UK)
Cut You A-Loose

TIME LIFE MUSIC R859-18/MSD 37239 [CD] – V/A: CHICAGO BLUES CLASSICS (1998 US)
Cut You A-Loose

FLAME CD003 [CD] – V/A: DESPERATE ROCK’N’ROLL, VOLUME THREE (2000 UK)
Cut You A-Loose
– reissue: Flame FLAME 103CD, 2007 UK –

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061145 2 [CD] – V/A: FROM CHICAGO TO SHREVEPORT (2001 US)
Messed Around And Fell In Love

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061209 2 [CD] – V/A: THE USA RECORDS BLUES STORY (2002 US)
Going Or Coming / I Have Made A Change

P-VINE PCD-24045 [CD] – EARL HOOKER: BLUE GUITAR – THE CHIEF AND AGE SESSIONS 1959-1963 (2003 JPN)
You Better Be Sure

P-VINE PCD-24095 [CD] – V/A: BLUES CITY, USA – CHICAGO MODERN BLUES 1960’S (2001 JPN)
Ouch! / Cut You A-Loose

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061319 2 [2-CD] – V/A: CHICAGO BLUES MASTERS (2003 US)
Going Or Coming / I Have Made A Change

DJ ANDY SMITH # [CDR] – V/A: ANDY SMITH’S NORTHERN SOUL (2004 UK)
It’s A Mess I Tell You (remix)

ELECTROSTATIC ANPF-001CD [CD] – V/A: ALL NIGHT FUNK PARTY, VOLUME ONE (2004 AUS)
No Better Time Than Now

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061454-2 [2-CD] – V/A: AUTHENTIC BLUES (2005 US)
Going Or Coming / I Have Made A Change

ACE CDCHD 1050 [CD] – V/A: THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ROCK’N’ROLL – SPECIAL “BUBBLING UNDER” EDITION (2006 UK)
Cut You A-Loose

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061638 2 [CD] – V/A: JUKE JOINT SOUL! (2006 US)
Messed Around And Fell In Love

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061667 2 [CD] – V/A: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHICAGO SOUL (2007 US)
Cut You A-Loose

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061691 2 [CD] – V/A: RARE BLUES FROM DEEP IN THE VAULTS (2007 US)
Little By Little

NUMERO GROUP NUM033 [2-LP + BOOK] – V/A: LIGHT: ON THE SOUTH SIDE (2009 US)
No Better Time Than Now
– cdr promo edition: Numero Group NUM033, 2009 US / unofficial cd edition: Homo Swampus #, 200? US / 2-lp reissue: Numero Group NUM033, 2016 US –

OSLO SOUL EXPERIENCE # (promo) [CDR] – V/A: OSLO SOUL EXPERIENCE – 6TH ANNIVERSARY SOUL-WEEKENDER (2009 NOR)
Cut You A-Loose

SPOONFUL #74 [CDR] – V/A: POLLY WALLY (200? GER)
Cut You A-Loose

FTM LRD 043 [CD] – V/A: FTM IN THE GROOVE, PART ONE (200? UK)
I Ain’t Never

FTM LTD # [CD] – V/A: FTM IN THE GROOVE, PART TWO (200? UK)
Ouch! (remix)

ELECTROSTATIC ANPF-001CD [CD] – ALL NIGHT FUNK PARTY, VOLUME ONE (200? AUS)
No Better Time Than Now

# [LP] – V/A: SÉBASTIEN “SF SORROW” FAVRE 1963-2010 (2010 FRA)
The Big Fight

NASCENTE NSBOX070 [3-CD] – V/A: BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RHYTHM’N’BLUES (2010 US)
Messed Around (And Fell In Love)

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061898 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE AGE/CHIEF BLUES STORY (2011 US)
Cut You A-Loose / You’d Better Be Sure / Nothing But Poison / Help Me Mama / Catch Up With Your Crowd / Can I Come Back Home / I Wanna Be Free / Ouch!

BEAR FAMILY BCD 16932CP [3-CD] – V/A: V/A: PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP! – ELECTRIC BLUES – THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION! PART 3: 1960-1969 (2012 GER)
Cut You A-Loose

SPOONFUL #62 [CDR] – V/A: THE SIN CITY JUKEBOX, VOLUME EIGHT (2012 GER)
Ouch!

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061952 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE USA RECORDS SOUL STORY (2013 US)
Messed Around And Fell In Love / Hurt Look On My Face / Don’t You Ever Forget It / I Ain’t Never

NORTON ED-399 [LP] – V/A: SOUVENIRS OF THE SOUL CLAP, VOL. 2 (2014 US)
The Big Fight

FAREWELL BWR 02 [10″ LP] – V/A: BLUES WITH A RHYTHM, VOL. 2 (2015 FRA)
Catch Up With Your Crowd

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL032 [2-CD] – V/A: CHICAGO SOUL 2: 1962-1965 (2017 UK)
Going Or Coming

CHARLY L 326 [LP] – V/A: SOUL SHACK – TIME & PLACE (2019 UK)
Cut You A-Loose

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 28 [CD] – V/A: POPCORN BLUES PARTY, VOL. 1 (2019 EU)
Cut You A-Loose

CHARLY L 327 [LP] – V/A: SOUL STREET – THE FUNKY SIDE OF NORTHERN SOUL (2020 EU)
Soul Street

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Lex Jansen

Published sources: Goldmine Price Guide To 45 Rpm Records (Tim Neely, 2003) | Rare Record Price Guide 2004 (Record Collector, 2002) | Billboard Top R&B Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1988) | Billboard Top 100 SThe Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006) | Billboard Top R&B Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1988) | Billboard Top 100 Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1994) | Jefferson #127 (article & interview by Sebastian Danchin) | The R&B Indies 1 (Bob McGrath, 2005) | The R&B Indies 2 (Bob McGrath, 2006) | The R&B Indies 3 (Bob McGrath, 2006) | The R&B Indies 4 (Bob McGrath, 2007) | Juke Blues #15 (1989) (4 Brothers/Bright Star/Hit Sound label listings by Robert Pruter)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | https://www.jeffersonbluesmag.com/artiklar/521-allen-ricky-english-127 | http://www.45cat.com/artist/ricky-allen | https://www.discogs.com/artist/1269581-Ricky-Allen | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Allen | http://home.nestor.minsk.by/jazz/news/2005/06/0204.html | https://www.45cat.com/artist/ricky-allen | https://www.soul-source.co.uk | http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/rallen.htm

Note: The contents of this website are informative only! All the corrections/additions are welcome. E-mail: petehoppula @ hotmail.com

Revised on October 8, 2021

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