was a member of Desi Arnaz’s
orchestra in 1947, recording “Green Eyes (Aquellos
Ojos Verdes)”, “The Peanut
Vendor” and “Siboney”, which
would later appear on the compact disc, Cocktail
In the 1950s, his
career as a session musician really began to take off,
on albums such as Bobby Darin’s This
is Darin, Phineas Newborn’s While My Lady Sleeps, and The Frank Sinatra Story in Music Vol. 1.
In fact, he
would go on to work with Sinatra steadily throughout his career. In 1960, he teamed up with longtime
Sinatra stalwart Don Costa for The
Sound of the Million Sellers, and another famous crooner from the era,
Mel Torme, on Swingin’ on the Moon.
He also participated on the Nat King Cole album, The Billy May Session, recorded from
1951 through 1961.
In 1962, he
re-united with the Chairman of the Board on Frank Sinatra Conducts Music from Pictures and Plays, and
joined Sam Cooke in the studio for “Nothing Can Change This
Love” backed with “I’m Gonna
Forget About You”.
Another famous Sinatra recording he appeared on is “Luck Be A
Lady”, recorded in 1963, a year that also saw him performing on the
mouthful of an album, Mel Torme Sings Sunday in New York and Other Songs About
New York. He also appeared
on Torme’s LP, That’s All: A
Lush Romantic Album, released in 1964.
In 1965, he
was featured on Johnny Mandel’s album, The Sandpiper, and performed a pair of concerts with the Los
Angeles String Quartet under the umbrella of the South Bay Chamber Music
Society, Inc. The concerts were
all-classical, featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes
Brahms, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz
In 1967, he
was back in the world of pop on Nancy Wilson’s album, Welcome to My Love. He appeared on Frank Sinatra’s
cover of the John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition,
“Yesterday”, which was included on 1969’s My Way.
In 1970, he
made a Magical Connection with
A couple of years later, he hooked up with singer-songwriter Paul
Williams on Life Goes On. In 1973, he performed viola duties
on Steve Ferguson’s self-titled album and performed on Lalo Schifrin’s soundtrack of Enter the Dragon.
1974 with Don Ellis on Haiku and
Santana on Illuminations. In 1975, he recorded Collage with Luis Gasca, and appeared on Lesley Gore’s Love Me By Name, John Hiatt’s Overcoats, Peggy Lee’s Mirrors, Carmen McRae’s I Am Music, and The Tubes’ White Punks on Dope.
bicentennial year found him a member of the strings on Milt Jackon’s Feelings,
Harry Nilsson’s That’s
the Way it Is, The Tubes’ Young
and Rich, and Tom Waits’ Small
Change. Around this time,
he was also laying down tracks for Patty
Weaver Sings “As Time Goes By”.
In 1977, he
performed with Frankie Crocker as a member of The Heart and Soul Orchestra, Neil Diamond on I’m Glad You’re Here With Me
Tonight, George Duke on From Me
to You, and recorded Finger
Painting with Earl Klugh and Phantazia
with Noel Pointer.
He set sail in
1978 for the Blue Virgin Isles
with Ted Gardestad, offered a friendly hand on
the Johnny Mathis-Deniece Williams love-fest, That’s What Friends Are For,
appeared on Brasil ’88 with Sergio Mendes, and
performed on the Lalo Schifrin soundtrack of Nunzio.
Allan was also
a member of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, which was active from 1974
In 1979, he
was in the studio with Lalo Schifrin again on Boulevard Nights and the soundtrack
of The Amityville Horror.
He opened the
new decade with Earth, Wind & Fire on their LPs, Faces and Raise!, released
in 1980 and 1981, respectively.
In 1981, he teamed up once again with Earl Klugh
on Crazy for You and Jaco Pastorius on Word of Mouth. He also offered string support on
Lionel Richie’s eponymous album in 1982.
In 1983, he
collaborated with Stanley Clarke and George Duke on The Clarke/Duke Project II, Earth, Wind & Fire on Powerlight,
and Lalo Schifrin on the soundtrack of the Dirty
Harry film, Sudden Impact. He visited 1100 Bel Air Place with Julio
Iglesias in 1984, an album which featured the mega-hit, “To All the
Girls I’ve Loved Before”.
In 1985, he appeared on the soundtrack of the Steven Spielberg film,
The Color Purple.
with Diane Schuur in 1986 was Timeless. That seems to be his last original
recording, although there are myriad opportunities to hear him on CDs such
as Jascha Heifetz’s
Beethoven & Spohr: Chamber & Orchestral Works, The Greatest of Pleasure, and the
Frank Sinatra retrospective, The Columbia
Years 1943-1952: The Complete
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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