Peter Allen

Peter Allen BIOGRAPHY

Peter Allen

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1974-1980

Peter Allen was originally discovered by Judy Garland. Kip Cohen asked Peter Allen to play for A&M Records executives then he was signed to A&M as both an artist and a songwriter. Allen told Jeannie Williams, "The problem with that is sometimes the publishing comes first. There's just that little knowledge that oh, even if the record doesn't sell...we'll be publishing ten songs and someone will record them and get hits. But I had a wonderful time at A&M."

"'I Honestly Love You' has been recorded almost 40 times and when I got the first check for it I almost fainted. I must have strange tastes because I had no idea that it was a great song. When Olivia [Newton-John] told me she was going to put it out as a single I begged her not to. I said, 'Don't be crazy, it will be the end of your career. It doesn't even have a drum on it.' Then I went away to spend the summer in the woods or something and I came back and asked a friend, 'Whatever happened to poor Olivia's single?' and he said, 'Are you nuts!? It's number one, the biggest record she's ever had.'"

Peter Allen was the only A&M artist to write both the story and the music for a show that was produced on Broadway. It was 'Legs Diamond,' the story of a gangster.

Peter Allen was the first A&M artist to have a play about his life performed on Broadway. The show was titled 'The Boy from Oz.'

Peter Allen, while an A&M artist and Almo Music staff writer, penned the music and lyrics to "I Still Call Australia Home" which has become a national treasure and unofficial national anthem.

SOURCES:
Peter Allen Dives Into Mainstream. Jeannie Williams. USA Today, November 15, 1982.
Peter Allen An Anancronistic Art. Glenn A. Baker. Goldmine, August 6, 1993.

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Peter Allen
   Born: Feb 10, 1944      Died: Jun 18, 1992
   Instrument(s): vocals, piano


Peter Allen PHOTOS

Peter Allen DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Peter Allen U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
20th Century Masters the Millennium CollectionA&M Records60694908782001
At His BestA&M Records31454 00901993
At His BestA&M Records731454 0090272012
Best of Peter AllenA&M Records75021 32071990
Best of Peter AllenA&M RecordsSP 32071982
Bi-CoastalA&M Records828394825232013
Bi-CoastalA&M Records75021 33151990
Bi-CoastalA&M RecordsSP 48251980
Boy From Down Under: the Very Best Of Peter Allen (the)Hip-O60249861542004
Boy from Oz (the)A&M Records31454 68191998
Continental AmericanA&M RecordsSP 31830000
Continental AmericanA&M RecordsSP 36431974
I Could Have Been a SailorA&M RecordsSP 47391979
It Is Time for Peter AllenA&M RecordsSP 37061977
It Is Time for Peter AllenA&M RecordsSP 65080000
Singer SongwriterA&M Records31454 08451998
Taught By ExpertsA&M RecordsSP 45841976
Very Best ofA&M Records31454 08271997

Peter Allen U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Bi-CoastalA&M RecordsSP 171331980
Bi-Coastal/SimonA&M Records22721980
Bi-Coastal/SimonA&M Records23421981
Continental American/Pretty PrettyA&M Records16701974
Don't Cry Out Loud/AudienceA&M Records20001977
Don't Wish Too HardA&M RecordsSP 170721979
Don't Wish Too HardA&M RecordsSP 170811978
Don't Wish Too Hard/I Go to RioA&M RecordsSP 120270000
Don't Wish Too Hard/If You Were WonderingA&M Records21451979
Fly Away/SimonA&M Records22881980
I Could Have Been a Sailor/We've Come To an UnderstandingA&M Records21251979
I Go to RioA&M Records83991976
I Go to RioA&M Records8399-S1976
I Go To Rio/This Time AroundA&M Records18731976
I Go To Rio/This Time AroundA&M Records20241978
I Go To Rio/This Time AroundA&M Records20311978
Just Ask Me I've Been There/I Honestly Love YouA&M Records16551974
More I See You (the)/This Time AroundA&M Records18131976
One Step Over the Borderline/I Could Really Show YouA&M Records23031980
She Loves to Hear the Music/Shy As a VioletA&M Records17221975

Peter Allen U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection20016069490878
Bi-Coastal
Fly Away
I Go to Rio
Don't Cry Out Loud
Everything Old Is New Again
More I See You (the)
I Honestly Love You
I Could Have Been a Sailor
Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage
I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love
Just a Gigolo (Schoner Gigolo)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
At His Best2012731454 009027

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
At His Best199331454 0090
One Step Over the Borderline
If You Were Wondering
I Honestly Love You
Just Ask Me I've Been There
She Loves to Heart the Music
Just a Gigolo (Schoner Gigolo)
I Don't Go Shopping
I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love
Everything Old Is New Again
Bi-Coastal
Don't Cry Out Loud
Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage
I Could Have Been a Sailor
Don't Wish Too Hard
Tenterfield Saddler
Fly Away
I Go to Rio

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Best of Peter Allen1982SP 3207
Bi-Coastal
Everything Old Is New Again
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
Just Ask Me I've Been There
I Don't Go Shopping
Don't Cry Out Loud
I Go To Rio
I Honestly Love You
Fly Away

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Best of Peter Allen199075021 3207
Bi-Coastal
Everything Old Is New Again
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
Just Ask Me I've Been There
I Don't Go Shopping
Don't Cry Out Loud
I Go To Rio
I Honestly Love You
Fly Away

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal1980SP 17133
Bi-Coastal (Edited Version)
Bi-Coastal (Album Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal199075021 3315
Fly Away
I Could Really Show You Around
I Don't Go Shopping
Bi-Coastal
Hit In the Heart
One Step Over the Borderline
Pass This Time
Simon
Somebody's Angel
When This Love Affair Is Over
Step Over the Borderline

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal201382839482523
One Step Over the Borderline
Fly Away
Bi-Coastal
I Don't Go Shopping
Hit In the Heart
I Could Really Show You Around
Somebody's Angel
Simon
Pass This Time
When This Love Affair Is Over

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal1980SP 4825
One Step Over the Borderline
Fly Away
Bi-Coastal
I Don't Go Shopping
Hit In the Heart
I Could Really Show You Around
Somebody's Angel
Simon
Pass This Time
When This Love Affair Is Over

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal/Simon19802272
Bi-Coastal
Simon

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bi-Coastal/Simon19812342
Bi-Coastal
Simon

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Boy From Down Under: the Very Best Of Peter Allen (the)20046024986154
Honest Queen
Tenterfield Saddler
Just Ask Me I've Been There
Everything Old Is New Again
I Honestly Love You
She Loves to Hear the Music
I Go to Rio
Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage
More I See You (the)
I Could Have Been a Sailor
Don't Wish Too Hard
I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love
One Step Over the Borderline
Fly Away
Bi-Coastal
I Don't Go Shopping
I Still Call Australia Home
You Haven't Heard the Last of Me
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)