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    Rex Allen

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I Can't Stop Loving You lyrics
    2Crying in the Chapel lyrics
    Albino Stallion lyrics
    4Windy Bill lyrics
    5Empty Saddles lyrics
    The Roving Kind lyrics
    7What a Little Moonlight Can Do lyrics
    8Don't Go Near the Indians lyrics
    9When You're Smiling lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Rex Allen Sings [Hacienda] [1960]
    Mister Cowboy [Decca] [1958]
    3Cowboy Essentials [1958]
    4Sings and Tells Tales of the Golden West [Mercury] [1962]
    5Touch of God's Hands [Decca] [1970]
    6Under Western Skies [Decca] [1956]
    7Faith of a Man [Mercury] [1962]
    8Westen Ballads [Hilltop] [1964]
    9Smooth Country Sound [Decca] [1968]
    1016 Golden Hits [Buena Vista] [1962]


    Better-known as the Arizona Cowboy, Rex Allen was the last of
    Hollywood's singing cowboys. Between 1950 and 1954, Allen starred
    in 19 movies for Republic studios. The films launched a popular
    recording career for Allen, as he had several hit singles and albums
    in the early '50s, before the singing cowboys slowly disappeared
    from the charts.

    The son of a fiddle player, Rex Allen was given his first guitar when
    he was 11 years old; his father intended Rex to support him at
    dances. Shortly afterwards, Allen began singing. After he finished
    high school, he was hired as a performer by a Phoenix radio station,
    but he only stayed there for a brief time. Instead, Allen hit the rodeo
    circuit. His career as a rodeo rider was short-lived, as he suffered
    an injury from a bull. The injury led Allen back to singing, and he
    was hired by WTTM in Trenton, NJ, in 1943.

    After he left WTTM, Allen joined the Sleepy Hollow Ranch Gang in
    Pennsylvania. During the summer of 1946, Allen was spotted by
    Lulu Belle & Scotty; impressed, the duo recommended that he try
    out for the National Barn Dance and WLS in Chicago. Allen became
    a popular performer in the Windy City, which led him to become one
    of the first country & western artists signed by Mercury Records.
    Mercury released several of Allen's singles before he had a hit with
    "Afraid" in 1949. That same year, Allen went to Hollywood.

    Bringing along a CBS network radio program, Allen approached
    Republic Pictures. The studio signed the singer to a star in a film,
    The Arizona Cowboy, which was released in 1950. The movie was
    a success, beginning a string of 19 pictures that ran until February
    1954. All of the movies were musical Westerns, starring Allen with
    a rotating cast of sidekicks. Frequently, he would star with Slim
    Pickens, but Buddy Ebsen and Fuzzy Knight also made their
    appearances in Allen's films.

    Allen's film successes led to a hit record in 1951, "Sparrow in the
    Tree Top." Released on Mercury Records, the single climbed into
    the country Top Ten and made it into the pop Top 30. Soon after
    its release, Allen signed with Decca Records, which released his
    biggest hit, 1953's "Crying in the Chapel"; the song peaked in the
    Top Five and reached the Top Ten pop charts. In the latter half of
    the decade, he made a number of albums composed of Western
    songs. During this time, he acted in 39 episodes of the television
    program Frontier Doctor.

    By the '60s, Rex Allen had re-signed with Mercury Records, which
    led to several minor hits and one major success — 1962's "Don't Go
    Near the Indians," which returned the singer to the country Top Ten
    and the pop Top 20. On his '60s stint at Mercury, Allen had two other
    significant hits — 1961's "Marines Let's Go" and "Tear After Tear" in
    1964. In the late '60s, the singer went back to Decca Records, which
    resulted in one minor hit in 1968, "Tiny Bubbles." During this time
    and the early '70s, he recorded albums for Disneyland, Buena Vista,
    and JMI. However, he was more prominent in this era as a narrator
    for many Walt Disney films and television programs, as well as a
    voice in several Disney cartoons.

    In the '80s, Allen's oldest son, Rex Allen Jr., became a star in his
    own right. A museum in his hometown, Willcox, AZ, was dedicated
    to Rex Allen, and the Governor of Arizona honored him. Allen
    occasionally appeared in Western film fare, where he remained
    as popular as ever. He died December 17, 1999, after his caretaker
    accidentally ran him over with a car; Allen was 78.

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