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MY STORY
As a child I remember being mezmorized by the music, performers, singers and bands of the earlier "GOLDEN ERA" as I called it, that was so intense for me that I literally missed the Beatle era of my generation. You see, my father was a director of big bands in the 50's & 60's. My father, a reed player during the end of WW2 then with Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, etc. started me on this path of singing in my dad's band since I was 7. Who was my inspiration? Well, Frank Sinatra of course. I started listening to Frank from day one.

Little did I know this would lead to a path of an unthinkable dream later in life.
I remember as teenagers, my brother and I for hours would listen to Sinatra especially the album "Sinatra at the Sands" in which I thought was his best live performance and even thou I was temporarily distracted by being in my family band "The Allen's" (BELOW) in the 70's, keeping up with what was current at the time, I still remained in showbiz, on stage, off stage, in front of the scene’s behind the scenes, went into other business but could not escape performing these songs, so, in the early 90’s the thought occurred to me, I didn't want to be 80 years old and miss this passion that has been haunting me for years. I packed up my bags and moved to Las Vegas to fulfill a dream. The dream was to keep the spirit alive and pass it onto the generation of today

 

 

DID YOU KNOW GARY WAS A TEEN IDOL IN A FAMILY GROUP DURING THE 70'S WITH A SLEW OF TV APPEARANCES, RADIO AND TEEN MAGAZINES?

THE BEGINING
Anthony grew up in Los Angeles in a musical family headed by his father, a big-band director. Music came naturally to the third of 11 children. Anthony in his youth found himself traveling with his father around the country singing in his fathers bands

Below, Gary at 15 in dads band Denver, CO



After Denver, Gary's father made a pit stop in Las Vegas for the summer.
Gary auditioned for a show along with his brother called "Vegas Beat '68"
and for the first time got his professional stage performance impersonating
Frank Sinatra, creating long time friendships with professional performers
such as
former "Miss Nevada" Sandy Kastel
making the charts with her latest CD today

Some of the cast below

and later at age 18, alongside three brothers formed a barbershop quartet

Tony, Ronny, Gary & Larry

that started a life long showbiz career and later joined by one of his sisters, Mitzi, became known and toured as The Allens. (The Allens name was picked by management). They topped the US musical charts in 1975 with the song "High Tide" written by The Osmonds and recorded at the Motown Studios.

THE ALLENS: Sample Song "High Tide"mp3


As THE ORIGINAL bus traveling real family group toured after nine years, they disbanded, then Anthony ventured into the world of standup comedy, recording, sound engineer for well-known groups such as Danny Elfman's Oingo Boingo,
and other L.A. bands.



A FAMILY GROUP PRODUCED BY MIKE CURB PRODUCTIONS
MANAGEMENT: SEYMOUR HELLER AND ASSOCIATES

Allens picture on the bottom left from a Seynour Heller & Associates flier.
Notice some of the stars including our beloved Liberace

MOTOWN RECORD LABEL:  The Allens were the first caucasian family group signed with Motown at the time.
Article Below

Teen Magazine articles below

 

TELEVISION SHOWS (AS THE ALLENS)

1975 JOHNNY CARSON SHOW

1975 AMERICAN BANDSTAND

Dick Clark's interview with The Allens

                     

 

 

The Allens with Alison Arngrim.
Remember the little blond,
Nellie Oleson from
"Little House on the Prairie"

With
Anson Williams of "Happy Day's"

 

The Allens performed two years at Knott's Berry Farm's
"John Wayne Theatre" then turned "The Good Time Theatre"

(Below)
Performed for Doris Day's "Actors and Others For Animals"
at the Warner Brothers Studio's in Burbank

Here with Bea Arthur

Jonathan Winters

 

Performed for The Special Olympics  with

Robert Stack                             Fred MacMurray



                                                     

 



 

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