oooh Nite Owl, whoo whoo

Tony Allen - Nite Owl

Tony Allen - Nite Owl

I watched today's 45 for a long time before finally committing to buying. It's a slow doo-wopper, not exactly dancefloor dynamite, but there's something quite comforting about this recording. Could it be the owl sounds? Tony Allen was born in New Orleans and grew up near Fats Domino's house in the Ninth Ward. As a boy he moved to live with his Aunt in Los Angeles, where he cut his first record at 14. Then he wrote I’m A Mojo Man for Larry Bright (which I will get around to posting one day) and sang with Big Jay McNeely. Still a teenager, he recorded his biggest hit for Specialty Records in 1955. Nite Owl was Allen’s Aunt’s pet name for him, which possibly contributed to the tune’s inherent sweetness. The background vocals come courtesy of The Chimes, who were billed as The Champs for one reason or another. Although it didn’t chart, Nite Owl was popular enough on the West Coast to keep Allen making records on various labels into the ‘60s. Tony Allen humbly tells his own story here.

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