Annisteen Allen / Rhythm and Blues

Annisteen Allen

Allen grew up in Toledo (Ohio) and recorded his first songs in 1945, whose interpretation was influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, "Miss Annie's Blues" and the standard "Love for Sale".
She then sang with Big John Greer, Wynonie Harris and Lucky Millinder in the late 1940s, with whom she toured; 1945/46 released for Syd Nathan's Queen Records label entitled Annisteen Allen & Her Home Town Boys with members of the Millinder Band; This was followed by recordings of songs like "More, More, More", "Let It Roll", "Moanin' The Blues" and "I'll Never Be Free" for Decca Records and RCA Victor.
In 1953, King released Baby I'm Doin It, a tongue-in-cheek response to the 5 Royales' hit Baby Don't Do It. Although that single peaked at #8 on the R&B sales chart[1], the King label dropped the deal in 1954 after being sued for copyright infringement on "Baby, I'm Doin It.
Allen joined Capitol and toured with Joe Morris and His Blues Cavalcade and The Orioles. In 1955 she released the successful track "Fujiyama Mama", which was soon covered by Eileen Barton and in 1957 by Wanda Jackson. At the end of the decade she released a few singles for smaller labels like Todd, Warwick and Wig Records before she retired from the music business and took a job in hospital administration.
On weekends off, she recorded an album with King Curtis and his band for the Tru-Sound label in 1961, which was released under her birth name Ernestine Allen under the title "Let It Roll".

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