Jeff Allen

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Jeff Allen
Birth nameJeffrey Allen
Born (1946-04-23) 23 April 1946 (age 73)
Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Years active1971–present
Associated actsEast of Eden, Babe Ruth, Snowy White, Bonnie Tyler, Mick Taylor, Van Morrison

Jeff Allen (born Jeffrey Allen, 23 April 1946, Matlock, Derbyshire) is an English rock and blues session drummer. Allen is best known for his work with East of Eden, Babe Ruth, Snowy White, Bonnie Tyler, Mick Taylor and Van Morrison.

He is not to be confused, although in many listings often is, with the similarly named, former drummer with the British glam rock outfit, Hello, whose brother is Ultravox's Chris Cross.


Allen became the drummer with the Glasgow based band, The Beatstalkers,[1] who played residencies at the Marquee Club in London, and the Frankfurt and Cologne 'Storeyville' clubs.[2] Allen joined East of Eden in 1971,[1] and his percussion work appeared on five of their albums in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, working as a freelance session musician, Allen played on albums recorded by Bonnie Tyler (Goodbye to the Island), Murray Head (Voices) and John Martyn (Well Kept Secret).[3] In 1986, Allen joined Snowy White's Blues Agency,[4] and drummed on their 1988 album, Change My Life.[3]

In 1995, Allen teamed up with both Mick Taylor and Snowy White for their live album, Arthur's Club-Geneve 1995.[3] In 2003, Allen played drums on Baghdad by Ilham al-Madfai.[3] He also played backing Mick Taylor and Max Middleton at London's Cadogan Hall in 2012.

Most recent duties include party planning for the Brunei Royal Family in London, which led to his appointment as executive producer of music concerts for Sensible Music, London..[5]

Partial discography[edit]

Through his drumming duties with various musicians over the years, Allen's work appears on numerous compilation albums.


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1998) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Vol. 1, Palgrave MacMillan, ISBN 978-0-333-74134-4, p.438
  2. ^ "All The Acts / Bands Who Played The Kinema Ballroom Dunfermline - 'B'". Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jeff Allen | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Snowy White'S Blues Agency". Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Sensible Music Group: Welcome". Retrieved 12 October 2013.

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