Richard "Pistol" Allen

Born: 
08/12/1932
City: 
Memphis
Region: 
Tennessee
Country: 
USA
Died: 
06/30/2002
Years Active: 
1950's-2000's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Drums
Notable Equipment: 
Image Credit: 
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Richard "Pistol" Allen was the primary recording session drummer for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band on most of Holland-Dozier-Holland's hit productions of the 1960s. Hits for which Allen played the drums include "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha & the Vandellas, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops.

Allen's influences included Max Roach, Buddy Rich, and fellow Funk Brother Benny Benjamin. He played a studio set made up of Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers and Gretsch components.

Allen died on June 30, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 69, almost six months before Standing in the Shadows of Motown came out.

Discography

Released: 1964
Released: 1972
Released: 1973
Released: 1976
Released: 2004
Released: 2004