|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1932|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 2002|
Howard Richard 'Pistol' Allen died at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan,, after a long battle with cancer.
Howard played on the Supremes' hit 'Baby Love,' Martha and the Vandellas' 'Heat Wave,' and on Marvin Gaye's 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).'
He was part of the band that helped make Motown famous called the Funk Brothers. Motown founder Berry Gordy never gave the band credit on their records in order to stop other music companies taking him from the label. Gordy hired Allen at Motown in 1962 whilst the drummer was pursuing a jazz career.
Howard relocated to Flint in the mid-1950's to work at AC Delco. He moved to Detroit in the late 1950's and received the attention of Motown drummer Benny Benjamin in the night clubs around Detroit.
Pistol joined Motown in 1962, where he became known as a musician who could play in any format.
Howard Richard 'Pistol' Allen is survived by his wife, Barbara, and 10 children
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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