James Allen

Instruments: Vocals

Date of Birth: 1901
Place of Birth:Mobile, Alabama

Classic Birmingham tenor singer, James Allen was born in Mobile in 1901. He came to Westfield in Jefferson County in 1920 and within a few years was drafted into the Dunham Jubilee Singers. He toured and recorded with that quartet during the 1920s, training young groups and sitting in with all of the important quartets active in the Woodwards and Dolomite area at that time. Mr. Allen learned the art of training a quartet from Son Dunham. In the early 1930s Gulf State Steel Company had James Allen moved up to Gadsden, Alabama to train a quartet, known as the Golden Stars, so that they could sing for company banquets and other functions and broadcast a local radio show, sponsored by the steel company, from the Rich Hotel. This fine quartet stayed together for many years and James Allen remained active in quartet singing in Gadsden until very recently. He is well remembered in Jefferson County, where he helped train many local quartet singers.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame/Birmingham Quartet ScrapBook:
A Quartet Reunion in Jefferson County
October 12, 1980
Doug Seroff - Project Director

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