Songwriter Harley Allen dies at 55
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
– Songwriter Harley Allen, who wrote hits including The Baby,
died of lung cancer this morning at 55.
In addition to the hit for Blake Shelton, Allen also penned Joe Nichols' I'll Wait For You and Darryl Worley's Awful, Beautiful Life. He also had songs recorded by Alan Jackson (Everything I Love andI Still Love You), Dierks Bentley (My Last Name), Gary Allan (Tough Little Boys, Garth Brooks (Rollin') and Josh Turner (I Had One Time).
The Dayton, Oho native was the son of bluegrass singer Red Allen. Allen appeared on several 1970s albums with his brothers as The Allen Brothers. He also recorded three solo albums, "Across the Blueridge Mountains" (Folkways Records 1983), "Another River" (1996) and "Live at the Bluebird" (2001). Allen also provided background vocals on I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. He has won two Grammy Awards for that recording in 2002, in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Album of the Year categories.
Allen is survived by his wife and three children.
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