By the time I was 16 my best buddies and I had formed East Hampton, CTâ€™s proverbial high school band. As â€˜The Specialsâ€™ we played at all the local school dances and I even persuaded the movie theater owner to let us play between matinees on the weekend. That was definitely a first in our town!
Then came the stint in the U.S. Navy and I formed â€˜The Signalmenâ€™. The shipâ€™s captain liked the band so well he arranged for us to perform before officials and dignitaries in Italy, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Africa and Hawaii.
After the Navy I spent several years on Staten Island performing with â€˜The Country Echoesâ€™. Just before going on a live radio broadcast the DJ realized he had trouble pronouncing my name. He asked who my favorite guitar player was and I replied that it was Duane Eddy. He said, â€œGood. For today your name is Bob Dwayneâ€. And it stuck!
The call of Nashville came next. While there I formed and fronted â€˜The Bob Dwayne Showâ€™, â€˜Red Hot Ricochet Bandâ€™ and â€˜Connectionâ€. We played country, top 40, southern rock, oldies and threw in some blues. Between the last two bands, I spent about three years fronting for Grand Ole Opry artist Stonewall Jackson.
I performed at all the major (and some not so major) clubs in and around Nashville and did demo work at four different well-known studios. And I was on the road a lot; all over the country at state fairs, conventions, college campuses, tournaments, fund-raisers, sports arenas, auditoriums, military clubs, country clubs, night clubs, hotel lounges and ballrooms.
Then it was on to the Atlanta area where I re-claimed my real name. After performing with â€˜Class Reunionâ€™ for a while, I formed â€˜Robert Allen & Co.â€™ and began playing locally. Then I went on an extended USO tour entertaining in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain. After returning I assisted at a recording studio doing everything from administration to demos. I finally took the opportunity to stay put and record some of the material Iâ€™ve written over the years. And I was able to help promote others! I co-produced, co-edited, directed, and hosted â€œSongwritersâ€, a 30 minute Atlanta area community access TV show featuring unsigned songwriters of all genres.
Now Iâ€™m back in the Nashville area making more music and loving it!
Check out the artist's website:
1. Till I Found You
2. Bucket In The Sky
3. Sure Been Missing You
4. Boogie Woogie Rock & Roll
5. Did You Ever Fall In Love
6. Here I Am
7. Georgia Lady, Dixie Woman
8. Never Knew Love
9. Walked Out
10. Love On Her Mind
11. Picking Up Pieces
12. It's A Cat's Life