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Richard Allen: 1932-2002
Richard Allen

Born: 1932 in Memphis, Tennessee
Died: June 30, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan

Richard Allen, drummer

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Richard 'Pistol' Allen was the great drummer on many of the biggest hits recorded at Tamla Motown's famous Hitsville USA studio in Detroit. He played in jazz and rhythm and blues bands in night-clubs around Detroit before forming part of the famous (and famously exploited) Funk Brothers studio band at Motown, and later returned to playing jazz after the label moved its operation to the west coast.

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