Lee Allen (musician)

Lee Allen ( born July 2, 1926 in Pittsburg, Kansas, † October 18, 1994 in Los Angeles, California ) was an American R & B saxophonist.

After his father's death in 1927 Allen moved with his family to Denver in 1927, where he grew up. At Xavier College in New Orleans, he took courses of study for music and sports, there came into contact with the local music scene, so that he in the band of Paul Gayten played the saxophone in 1947 in order to earn his livelihood. Within a short time he played as Sidman of Fats Domino, Little Richard, Amos Milburn and Smiley Lewis. Allen formed with co- saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler, bassist Frank Fields and drummer Earl Palmer, the companion volume to the largest New Orleans -based hits of the time, which were included in Matassas Cosimo J & M Studios.

In 1956, Allen tried as a solo artist for the first time. Two years later he signed a contract with Ember Records, for which he recorded his biggest hit Walking with Mr. Lee. Until 1961 he was able to tour with his own band, before turning back to Fats Domino joined.

Allen went to Los Angeles in 1965, where he always stood on the stage again, but earned his living for several years at an air freight company before a revival reunited him at the beginning of the 1970s with Fats Domino. From the early 1980s he was back for a new generation of musicians in demand as a guest player, such as for the Stray Cats and The Blasters.