Harley Allen

Harley Allen
Birth name Harley Lee Allen
Born (1956-01-23)January 23, 1956
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died March 30, 2011(2011-03-30) (aged 55)
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country, Bluegrass
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Mandolin
Years active 1970s1990s
Labels Folkways, PolyGram, Rounder

Harley Lee Allen (January 23, 1956  March 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


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. Allen Grass Limco Records, Sweet Rumors on Rounder Records 0079, Clara's Boy's Rounder Records 0154, Are you Feeling It Too Folkways Records, Red Allen Favorites King Bluegrass Records. 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.

Allen performed on two bluegrass tribute albums for the British rock band The Moody Blues: Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute to The Moody Blues (2004), and Moody Bluegrass TWO... Much Love (2011).[2][3] The latter album was released after Allen's death.

Personal life

Allen is survived by his three Brothers Ronnie, Greg and Mark Allen his Sister Delores Allen along with his wife Debbie Nims, and their two daughters, Katelyn and Maggie and son, Aaron.[4]


Allen died of lung cancer on March 30, 2011 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.[5]

Songs written

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


External links

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