Rick Allen Rhythm and blues Artist
Rick Allen is a blues, rock and R&B Hammond organist and pianist. In the 1960s, he played organ trio gigs in L.A..and did session work with singers and guitarists such as Jerry McGee and Rick Vito. In the 1970s, he toured with Don Preston, and recorded with Delaney & Bonnie. Allen moved to New Orleans in the 1980s, where he played and recorded with a number of blues and cajun performers including Ernie K-Doe, King Floyd, Freddy Fender, Marcia Ball. Allen was born near Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and he began playing drums at age five, guitar at age seven, piano at nine and Hammond Organ at age 11. He practiced in department stores and churches, because his parents could not afford an organ. Blues and R&B were very popular in Los Angeles in the 1950s. As a boy, Allen listened to performers such as Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters. At age eighteen, he joined the The Bonnevilles, a touring band from Milwaukee led by guitarist Larry Lynne. The group played nightclubs all around the Midwestern states, and accompanied Jimmy Clanton in Milwaukee and Johnny "Guitar" Watson in California. They also played with The Olympics.