The Allisons

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The Allisons
Origin England
Genres Pop
Years active 1961–1963
Labels Fontana Records
Past members Bob Day
John Alford

The Allisons were an English pop duo consisting of:

  • Bob Day (born Bernard Colin Day; 2 February 1941 – 25 November 2013)[1]
  • John Alford (born Brian Henry John Alford; 31 December 1939)[2]

They were marketed as being brothers, using the surname of Allison.

The Allisons represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 with the song "Are You Sure?". They came second with 24 points. The song was released as a single on the Fontana Records label, and climbed to number 1 on the UK NME pop chart. However, the chart compiled by The Official Charts Company shows the song spent six weeks at number 2 and a further three weeks in the top 4.[3] "Are You Sure" sold over one million records, earning a gold disc.[2] In Germany the single reached number 11.[4] Despite a couple of minor follow-up hits, the duo disbanded in 1963.

Alford initially tried songwriting, but he and Day teamed up for short tours to keep 'The Allisons' name alive. Additionally, in the 1970s and 1980s Alford was joined by other "brothers" — Mike "Allison" and Tony "Allison". By the 1990s, Day and Alford regularly reunited to perform on the oldies circuit.

Bob Day died on 25 November 2013, aged 71, after a long illness.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title UK Record label
1961 Are You Sure[5] Fontana Records

Singles[edit]

Year Title US UK Record label B-side
1961 "Are You Sure?"[6] 102 2 Fontana Records "There's One Thing More"
"Words"[7] 34 Fontana Records "Blue Tears"
"What a Mess"[8] Fontana Records "Lorraine"
1962 "Lessons in Love"[9] 30 Fontana Records "Oh, My Love"
"I'll Cross My Fingers"[10] Fontana Records "You Should Be Sorry"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bob Allison | The Allisons Star Dies At 72". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 131. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 20. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Ehnert, Günter (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956-1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press, 1990, S. 15
  5. ^ "Allisons, The - Are You Sure (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Allisons, The - Are You Sure (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Allisons, The - Words (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Allisons, The - What A Mess (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  9. ^ "Allisons, The - Lessons In Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  10. ^ "Allisons, The - I'll Cross My Fingers (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bryan Johnson
with "Looking High, High, High"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1961
Succeeded by
Ronnie Carroll
with "Ring-a-Ding Girl"