NAME: Peter Allen (Woolnough)

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
February 10, 1944, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
June 18, 1992, San Diego, California


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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Allen was a songwriter and cabaret-style performer most famous in the 1970s and 1980s. He was "discovered" in 1964 by Judy Garland, who hired him to play with her and introduced him to her daughter Liza Minnelli; Allen and Minnelli were married in 1967, but separated in 1970. Later Allen co-wrote the pop hits "Don't Cry Out Loud" for Melissa Manchester and "I Honestly Love You" for Olivia Newton John, and won an Academy Award for his contribution to the theme from Arthur, Minnelli's 1981 hit movie. (His co-writers on that tune were Burt Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager and singer Christopher Cross). His own albums included Tenterfield Saddler (1972), Bi-Coastal (1980) and Not the Boy Next Door (1982). Allen also composed the short-lived Broadway musical Legs Diamond.

    Peter Allen died of AIDS in San Diego, California at the age of 48 on June 18, 1992, after giving his final concerts in Sydney, Australia.

    WORKS:

    ALBUMS

    Chris & Peter Allen - Mercury (1968)
    (song list unavailable)

    Peter Allen - Metromedia (1971)
         I Could Have Been A Sailor (Allen)
         Don't Wish Too Hard (Allen)
         Two Boys (Allen)
         Angels With Dirty Faces (Allen)
         Don't Cry Out Loud (Allen/Sager)
         If You Were Wondering (Allen)
         Don't Leave Me Now (Allen)
         I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love (Allen/Sager)
         We've Come To An Understanding (Allen)
         Paris At 21 (Allen)

    Tenterfield Saddler - Metromedia (1972)
         Tenterfield Saddler (Allen)
         More Than I Like You
         Same Way I Came In
         Good To See You Up There
         I Can Tell A Lie
         Just Ask Me I've Been There (Allen)
         Cocoon
         Harbour (Allen)
         Somebody Beautiful Just Undid Me
         Other Side

    Continental American - A&M (1974)
         Just a Gigolo
         Everything Old Is New Again (Allen/Sager)
         Natural Thing To Do (Allen)
         Pretty, Pretty
         Continental American (Allen)
         Just Ask Me I've Been There (Allen)
         I Honestly Love You
         This Side Show's Leaving Town
         Just a Gigolo (Reprise)

    It Is Time for Peter Allen - A&M (1977)
    (Live double LP collection)
         Love Crazy (Allen)
         She Loves To Hear The Music (Allen)
         Everything Old Is New Again (Allen/Sager)
         Interesting Changes (Allen)
         I Honestly Love You
         Continental American (Allen)
         Natural Thing To Do (Allen)
         More I See You (Gordon/Warren)
         As Time Goes By (Hupfield)
         Intermission/I Honestly Love You (Allen/Barry)
         Don't Wish Too Hard (Allen)
         Don't Cry Out Loud (Allen/Sager)
         Tenterfield Saddler (Allen)
         Puttin' Out Roots/The Sideshow's Leaving...
         I Go To Rio (Allen/Anderson)
         Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage (Allen/Sager)
         Audience (Allen)

    Taught by Experts - A&M (1977)
         Puttin' Out Roots
         She Loves To Hear The Music (Allen)
         Back Doors Crying (Allen)
         I Go To Rio (Allen/Anderson)
         Planes (Allen)
         Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage (Allen/Sager)
         This Time Around (Allen)
         More I See You (Gordon/Warren)
         Harbour (Allen)
         (I've Been) Taught By Experts (Allen)
         Six-Thirty Morning/New York, I Don't Know...

    I Could Have Been a Sailor - A&M (1979)
         I Could Have Been A Sailor (Allen)
         Don't Wish Too Hard (Allen)
         Two Boys (Allen)
         Angels With Dirty Faces (Allen)
         Don't Cry Out Loud (Allen/Sager)
         If You Were Wondering (Allen)
         Don't Leave Me Now (Allen)
         I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love (Allen/Sager)
         We've Come To An Understanding (Allen)
         Paris At 21 (Allen)

    Bi-Coastal - A&M (1980)
         One Step Over The Borderline (Allen/Foster/Keane)
         Fly Away (Allen/Foster/Sager)
         Bi-Coastal (Allen/Foster/Keane)
         I Don't Go Shopping (Allen/Lasley)
         Hit In The Heart (Allen/Foster)
         I Could Really Show You Around (Allen/Pitchford)
         Somebody's Angel (Allen/Lasley)
         Simon (Allen)
         Pass This Time (Allen/Bayer/Sager/Foster)
         When This Love Affair Is Over (Allen/Foster)

    Making Every Moment Count - RCA (1980)
         Tonight You Made My Day (Allen/Swirsky)
         Making Every Moment Count (Allen/Swirsky)
         When I Get My Name In Lights (Allen)
         Nobody Can Break Us Up (Allen/Jay)
         I Could Marry The Rain (Allen)
         See You In The Springtime (Allen/Pitchford)
         So Much Depends On Love Today (Allen)
         Why Not? (Allen/Pitchford)
         I Couldn't Have Done It Without You (Allen/Swirsky)
         Love Don't Need A Reason (Allen/Callen/Malamet)

    Not the Boy Next Door - Arista (1983)
         Just Another Make-Out Song (Allen/Foster)
         Not The Boy Next Door (Allen/Pitchford)
         You'll Always Get Your Way (Allen/Keane)
         You And Me (We Had It All) (Allen/Sager)
         Fade To Black
         Somebody's Got Your Love (St. Nicklaus)
         You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me (Kaz/Snow)
         Easy On The Weekend (Allen)
         Once Before I Go (Allen/Pitchford)

    Captured Live at Carnegie Hall - Arista (1985)
         Not The Boy Next Door (Allen/Pitchford)
         Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Allen/Bacharach/Cross/Sager)
         I Could Have Been A Sailor (Allen)
         You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me/Fade to... (Allen/Kaz/Snow)
         Easy On The Weekend (Allen)
         Knockers (Allen)
         All I Wanted Was The Dream (Allen)
         Fly Away/I Go To Rio (Allen/Anderson/Foster/Sager)
         Everything Old Is New Again (Allen/Sager) -
         Irving Berlin Medley: I Love A Piano/Let's (Berlin)
         Only Wounded (Allen/Sager)
         Come Save Me (Allen)
         Somebody's Angel (Allen/Lasley)
         Harbour (Allen)
         Don't Cry Out Loud (Allen/Sager)
         Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage (Allen/Sager)
         Once Before I Go (Allen/Pitchford)
         As Time Goes By (Hupfield)
         I Honestly Love You/Audience (Allen/Barry)

    COLLECTIONS

    The Best, A&M (1982)
    At His Best, A&M (1993)
    Singer-Songwriter: The Anthology Peter Allen, Polygram box set (1999)
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Peter Allen, A&M (2000)

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Unknown

    WRITINGS:
    Unknown

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    Unknown

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Unknown

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    ASCAP

    RESOURCES:
    Peter Allen, Biography:
    ubl.artistdirect.com/music/artist/bio/0,,396710,00.html

    Peter Allen, Singer/songwriter:
    www.who2.com/peterallen.html

    The Boy from Oz:
    www.boyfromoz.com.au/

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Unknown

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    Unknown

    ARCHIVES:
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