Colin Allen

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Colin Eric Allen
Born (1938-05-09) 9 May 1938 (age 75)
Bournemouth, Hampshire (now Dorset), England
Genres Blues
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1958–present
Associated acts Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
Dantalian's Chariot
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Mick Taylor
Bob Dylan
Stone The Crows
Rod Stewart
The British Blues Quintet
Brian Joseph Friel

Colin Eric Allen (born 9 May 1938, Bournemouth, Hampshire (now in Dorset), England) is an English blues drummer and songwriter.


Allen took up drums at the age of 18, playing initially with local jazz musician in Dorset. During 1961 Allen became a member of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, which also included Andy Summers (later of The Police)[1] and still appears occasionally, with the 'Big Roll Band'. Allen moved to London on 1 January 1964 with Andy Summers. He has played drums for many US and UK musicians including Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Solomon Burke, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Mick Taylor, Focus, Donovan, Stone The Crows, Georgie Fame, Brian Joseph Friel,[2] and The British Blues Quintet with keyboardist Zoot Money, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and vocalist Maggie Bell. Colin Allen is married and lives in Stockholm, Sweden since 1985.


Allen has also written and co-written songs which have been recorded by artists including Paul McCartney’s Wings (with music by Jimmy McCulloch), Fleetwood Mac, Mick Taylor and Mick Ronson. When co-writing he has mostly worked as a lyricist, as in Taylor's Alabama, from his solo debut Mick Taylor (1979).


  1. ^ Zoot Money Zoot
  2. ^ Colin Allen at Allmusic
  • [1] Focus biography

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