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Rosalie Allen
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Birth: Jun. 27, 1924
Death: Sep. 24, 2003

Country Musician. Allen who was born Julie Marlene Bedra on June 27, 1924, in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, was considered one of the first wave of female country stars. Allen recorded several hits during the late 1940s as a singing cowgirl and yodeler in the Patsy Montana tradition. She grew up in a large, poor Pennsylvania family. The singing cowboys of the 1930s inspired her to teach herself to sing and play guitar, and later working on the radio in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York in the early 1940s, and sang with the 'Swing Billies' and also with Zeke Manners, where she met her future duet partner, Elton Britt. Allen's first hit came in 1946 with the RCA Victor Record Label, an update of Patsy Montana's 'I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart.' The song hit #5 on the charts and was later trumped on the country charts by its B-side, later followed by 'Guitar Polka (Old Monterey),' which reached #3. In the late '1940s, Allen became big in New York as a major promoter of country music. She hosted a TV show in New York as well as the WOV radio program 'Prairie Stars,' from 1944 to 1956, and her writings of The Rosalie Allen Hillbilly appeared in columns for National Jamboree and Country Sound Roundup, and the Rosalie Allen Hillbilly Music Center in New York was the first specifically country record store in the United States. Allen's last two chart hits paired her with singer Elton Britt, the yodeler famous in the mid-1940s for his recording, 'There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.' The first single that Britt and Allen recorded together was, 'Beyond The Sunset." The song hit #7 in 1950, and it was followed by there, 'Quicksilver,' which it #3 on the chart. The duo recorded an album for the Waldorf Records Label in the mid-1950s, which was later re-released as 'Starring Elton Britt and Rosalie Allen' on the Grand Award Record Label. Two of Allen's albums have also been recorded in German. Allen later retired from music to raise a family. Allen died on September 24, 2003, at the age of 79, due to heart failure. Allen's other recordings include, 'Have You Ever Been Lonely,' 'Tears On My Pillow,' 'When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again,' 'Ding Dong Polka,' 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,' 'Tennessee Waltz,' and 'He Taught Me To Yodel.' (bio by: K) 
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Record added: Oct 01, 2003
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