Rosalie Allen was born Julie Marlene Bedra on June 27, 1924. Allen grew up the daughter of a Polish immigrant chiropractor in a large, poor Pennsylvania family. Inspired by the singing cowboys of the 1930s, she taught herself to sing and play her brother's guitar, then began working on the radio in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and later performed on Denver Darling's Swing Billies pseudo-western radio show in New York City. June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wilkes-Barre (pronounced wilkes-berry or wilkes-bear, and most often by non-natives as wilkes-bar) is a city located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ...
Allen's first hit came in 1946 with RCA Victor with a yodeling update of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Allen's final hits paired her with yodeler Elton Britt. Their first single, "Beyond the Sunset," hit number seven in 1950. They also recorded "The Yodel Blues" and "Quicksilver." Rubye Blevins aka Patsy Montana (30 October 1908–3 May 1996) was an American country music singer-songwriter and the first female country music performer to sell one million records. ...
In 1944, she took up a job as a disc jockey. Her half-hour program, Prairie Stars on WOV in New York, was so popular that Country Music magazine named her the most famous country music personality in Manhattan. She stayed with the show until rock music bumped her off the air in 1956. In the 1960s, she ran a country western record shop called Rosalie Allen's Hillbilly Music Center in New York City. Allen retired to Alabama to raise a family.
In 1999, her work in radio was recognized and she was the first woman inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. After a brief battle with congestive heart failure, Allen passed away on September 24, 2003. September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
Categories: Country singers | 1924 births | 2003 deaths
Allen was born Grace Ethel Cecile RosalieAllen in San Francisco, California to parents George and Margaret (Darragh) Allen, into an Irish Catholic show-business family.
As a girl, Gracie Allen was educated at the Star of the Sea Convent School, and she and her three sisters were known as The Four Colleens.
The Burns and Allen staff actually hired a composer to write the Concerto For Index Finger, a joke piece that had the orchestra playing madly, only to pause while Gracie played a single note with her finger.
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