Ricky Allen

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Richard A. "Ricky" Allen (January 6, 1935 – May 29, 2005)[1] was an American blues singer from Chicago.

He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and began his singing career as a member of a church choir in his home town. He relocated to Chicago in 1960, and received a recording contract one year later at Age Records. He had a local hit with "You Better Be Sure" and, in 1963, his hit "Cut You A-Loose" reached Number 20 in Billboard's R&B chart. Some of his recordings of the 1960s, such as "It's A Mess I Tell You" and "I Can't Stand No Signifying", portended the emerging soul-blues style of the 1970s. After his retirement from the music industry in the early 1970s, he ran a laundry and a limousine service.[1]

In 2001, he performed at the Mönsterås Festival in Sweden, and the following year at the Chicago Blues Festival. He died in 2005, aged 70.


  1. ^ a b Juke Blues no.59, 2005, Obituaries, p.68
  • Komara, Edward (ed.) (2006), Encyclopedia of the Blues, Routledge

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