Barbara Allen was from Zuni, Virginia. She got interested in singing
when she was in high school and after she graduated, began making
personal appearances in the area. Someone at Decca heard her and she
got a recording contract with them. Soon, she was in Nashville and
appearing on tours with the stars of WSM's Grand Ole Opry. Her first
record on Decca was "Between Now And Then".
In 1958, Billboard magazine cited her as one the three most promising
female singers. Her second record came along, "From Midnight 'Til Dawn".
Shortly thereafter, she returned to Zuni to assume the role of housewife
She later joined the WRVA show, by then called the "New Dominion Barn
Dance" that aired over the 50,000 watt, "Voice of Virginia" station.
Though being a mom and all, she still managed to make appearances at the
service clubs in the Norfolk, Virginia area. They even named her the "Navy
Guide Girl of the Month" once.
Some of the acts she appeared with included George Morgan, Anita Carter,
Hank Garland and the Everly Brothers.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 62 (July 1959); American Folk Publications, Inc.;