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From the Land of Band Box Records

Billboard Magazine ran mini-biographies from 1959 into the early 1960’s sometimes providing us with interesting tidbits – Each biography was generally tied to a current release on behalf of the artist

REX ALLEN (“DON’T GO NEAR THE INDIANS”)

(PEAKED AT NUMBER 17 HOT 100 – NUMBER 4 COUNTRY – SEPTEMBER, 1962)

Born Rex Elvie Allen in 1920, “Don’t Go Near the Indiana” would mark Allen’s only Hot 100 appearance – The song would be one of seven country charting singles for Allen – topping out at number 4 Country.  Allen recorded about 60 singles during his career but it would be his son, Rex Allen Jr., who became a country music regular on the charts with 32 chart makers including several top ten hits.  Allen Jr., was bested by his dad on the Hot 100 – never scoring a single Hot 100 hit.

Baby Boomers will probably remember Allen for his soothing voice as the narrator on Walt Disney’s nature and western movies such as the Incredible Journey in 1063.  Allen also appeared in 19 motion pictures.

The composer of “Don’t Go Near the Indians” was Lorene Mann who wrote many songs for mainly country musicians including Skeeter Davis, Kitty Wells and Eddy Arnold.

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Rex Allen Selected Discography

78 – Mercury 6192 – Afraid – Number 14 Country – b/w Cottage in the Clouds – May, 1949

45 – Mercury 5597 – Sparrow In the Tree Top – Number 28 Hot Pop Charts – b/w Always You – Number 10 Country

78 – Decca 28758 – Crying In the Chapel – Number 4 Pop Charts – b/w I Think the Lord – August, 1953

45 – Mercury 71844 – Marines, Let’s Go – Number 21 Country – June, 1961

45 – Mercury 71997 – Don’t Go Near The Indians – Number 17 Hot 100 – Number 4 Country – August, 1962

45 – Mercury 72206 – Tear After Tear b/w – Number 44 Country – I’m Just Killin’ Time (Till This Heartache Kills Me) – November, 1963

45 – Decca 32322 – Tiny Bubbles – Number 71 Country b/w Jose Villa Lobo Alfredo Thomaso Vincente Lopez – May, 1968

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