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Charlie Allen

  • Birth 1 May 1942
  • Death 7 May 1990 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8)
  • Memorial ID 6429958

Rhythm and Blues Musician. A native of San Francisco, California, he was originally the drummer of the musical group, 'Bluesberry Jam,' along with guitarist Tom Marshall. That group which was formed in 1966, lasted for two years before the two paired up and formed the musical group, 'Pacific Gas & Electric' in San Francisco, California, in 1968. Allen who was known for his vocal abilities became the group's lead singer. The group also included Brent Block, Frank Cook, Ken Utterback, Glenn Schwartz, Frank Petricca, Tom Marshall, Robert Mann, Ron Woods, Alfred Gallegos, Jerry Aiello, Virgil Gonsalves, Stanley Abernathy, John Hill, Gordon Edwards, and Adolfo de la Parra (who left in 1968 to become a member of Canned Heat). In 1968 the group released their debut album, "Get It On," on the Kent Record Label, but it was not a big success. Llater that year they appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival and were signed with the Columbia Record label. In 1969, they released their next album simply titled "Pacific, Gas & Electric." Their next album, "Are You Ready" followed in 1970. The title track from that album went to the Top 20 and supplied the group with their first successful hit in the summer of 1970. That same year some members of the group left and new members were added, but they continued their success. In 1971, they shortened their name to PG&E due to a conflict with a company that was actually called the Pacific Gas & Electric. The same year they released another album, and wrote music for films including Otto Preminger's "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" (1972), which also starred actress Liza Minnelli. A year later in 1973, the group released their last album, a solo Charlie Allen project called "Starring Charlie Allen." Shortly after that release the group disbanded. On May 7, 1990, Charlie Allen passed away six days after his 48th birthday. Other songs by Charlie Allen and his group include 'Miss Lucy,' 'Elvira,' 'Redneck,' 'Bluesbuster,' 'Mother, Why Do You Cry?' The Blackberry,' 'Staggolee,' 'Hawg For You,' and 'My Women.'


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: James Seidelman
  • Added: 20 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6429958
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charlie Allen (1 May 1942–7 May 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6429958, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .