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by Allan Barnes, alto sax, with Houston Person & accompaniment
Allan Barnes (1949 to 2016) was an American 'jazz' saxophonist, with 'The Blackbyrds'. Allan Curtis Barnes was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on September 21st 1949. He received his first musical training from his uncles, Joe and Robert Barnes. In 1967, he enlisted in the US Army, attending their Naval School of Music, and after a year was deployed to Vietnam in the 4th Division Army Band. After discharge, he played his way back to Detroit, being soon 'discovered' by trumpeter Donald Byrd, who asked him come to Howard University and play with a new band he was putting together, 'The Blackbyrds'. He travelled the world with them, recording the band's first album and writing two of the songs on it - "Summer Love" and "The Blackbirds Theme". The band's second album, "Flying Start", contained the hit single "Walking in Rhythm", with Barnes being featured on flute. After leaving, he formed his own band, 'Allan Barnes and Primetime', also playing and recording with a staggering number of artists, including Gil Scott-Heron, Lyman Woodard David II, Fred Wesley, Nina Simone, Lee Oscar, Pini Cohen, Bennie Maupin, Siggy Dillard, Delbert Taylor, Robert Guillaume, Wilson Pickett, Christian DiMaggio, 'Lakeside', Ceri Lucas, Prince, the 'Mizell Brothers', Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Bootsy Collins, the 'Detroit Experiment', Regina Carter, Geri Allen, the 'Dramatics', the 'Interzone Orchestra', Reggie Braxton, Sandy Patton, Dwight Adams, Sunny Wilkinson, 'Sunny Girl', Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Teddy Harris, Roy Brooks, Big John Patton, Milt Hinton, Grant Green, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Rollins and Billy Taylor. During his career, Barnes wrote music with John Malone, such as the single, "Disco Dancin'”, from the first "Taste of Honey" album. He also co-wrote the single "Money Makes the World Go Round", along with R Kelly. He went on to compose for commercials containing Larry King, Brenda Sykes, Sugar Ray Leonard, Leslie Nielsen and Muhammad Ali. He penned the music for the 'PBS' TV movie "One Night's Run" and the 'PBS' series "Small Business Magazine". In addition, he wrote 'jingles', created and hosted the 'PBS' show "Jazzland", and had a cameo role in the Clint Eastwood film "Bird" (1988). He later dabbled in 'jazz' and 'hip hop' projects, as well as more TV involvement. Allan Barnes died from a heart attack in Detroit on July 26th 2016, aged 66. http://www.soultracks.com/story-allan-barnes-dies
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Barnes
Posted: 21st August 2016
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