He was born Rex Elvie Allen in an area about 40 miles north of Wilcox, Arizona
known as Mud Springs Canyon. His parents were Horace Allen and Faye Clark Allen.
He said to have started his musical journey doing vaudeville on the east coast.
And later moved on to fame with the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago and
in Hollywood where he was the last of the singing cowboys of the old
western movie genre.
Married his wife, Bonnie, at the WLS studios it seems. Before coming
to WLS, he was a chief inspector at a large plant that assembled
war planes. Bonnie, was formerly Bonnie Linder, of the Linder Sisters or
Connie and Bonnie as they were known, from Nebraska.
Doing research one finds that it is often not easy to piece together some aspects
of a person's life. It appears that Rex was married four times.
Rex appears to have gone to the east coast at an early age. When he was 19 years
old, he had married one Doris Windsor who was 18. It appears that they had one
daughter, Rexie Faye. We do not know when they were divorced. Our research indicates
she later moved to Florida, remarried and passed away in November 2010. The daughter
was born December 30, 1940 which would explain why she doesn't show up on the 1940
census rolls for New Jersey as did Rex Elvie and Doris at her parents address. Further
research indicates Rexie Faye died in April 2007.
Rex's career took him to Chicago and WLS. In 1946, things were happening for him.
He married Bonnie Linder, who was also working at WLS, on August 25, 1946. Rex and Bonnie
had three children:
Their marriage ended in divorce around 1979.
- Rex, Jr., born August 23, 1947
- Curtis, born January 24, 1950; died
- Mark Wayne, born June 1, 1954; died January 22, 2007
- Bonita Kay, born December 28, 1963
Rex's third marriage was on April 9, 1983 to Jeannine Heldnbrand in Santa Barbara, California.
Other online records of that marriage show her name as Jeannine Oliver. This marriage appears
to have lasted less than two years.
His fourth and last marriage was to
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly Hit Parade of 1941; Southern Music Pub. Co. Inc.;
New York, NY
- Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly
Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax
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