Harley Allen

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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[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Another River

Singles[edit]

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

Music videos[edit]

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

Career[edit]

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[edit]

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

Death[edit]

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

Songs written[edit]

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

References[edit]

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