Ira Allen 45 “Nursery Rock” sells for $985.45!

by on Aug.29, 2009, under News

Oh my gosh! Buddy Mize called & told Ira to go to E-Bay – that one of his 45’s was being bid on and was up to $685.55 with more hours to bid. It apparently is from an estate sale. It is soooo exciting. It tells that “Ira is listed in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his self-penned song “Nursery Rock” in 1958″ on Mav-Rick label, produced by Dusty Rhodes. The bidding started at $5.00 . We want to say thanks to the fans who are bidding it and for keeping his music alive!!!!!! See a couple of the postings of bids & record on Ira’s photos. There were 24 bids in all. The FINAL BID was $985.45).. I tried to catch it but at the last second – it faded off the screen… anyway… WHAT A DAY!

Here it is:


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Maine Country Music Hall of Fame

by on Jul.15, 2009, under Ira's Accomplishments, News

Ira became a member of the “Maine Country Music Hall of Fame” on May 13, 2006.

The Maine Country Music Association came into being in January, 1977; at a country music club in Windham. Twelve (12) people who had made part or all of their living at Country Music put their heads together and formed the new association. The first president was Slim Andrews. The late Barry Dean and Slim were instrumental in drawing up the By-laws and Constitution to cause this organization to become a Non-Profit group. They also dreamed of a Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

On the last Sunday in April, 1978, the first Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Program was held. There were three (3) worthy pioneers inducted into this honorable society. From 1978 to 2006 when Ira was inducted, there had already been sixty-seven (67) inducted.

In 2008, the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Museum was created. Ira is so honored to be a part of this great organization and to be a part of the museum, alongside his friends and heroes.

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Ira’s Musical Timeline

by on Jul.15, 2009, under Ira's Accomplishments

In 1956, Ira recorded with “M.R.S. Records” in Boston, MA
In 1959, Ira sang with the “Ventures” before they had a hit record.
In 1966, Ira recorded for “Dot Records”
In 1967, Ira recorded for “GRC Label” in Seattle, WA
1967 to 1970 Ira recorded for “Capital Records”
1971 through 1977 Ira recorded for “Portland Records” produced by Gene Breeden.
1978 Ira produced himself on a label entitled “Country Northwest.”
1985 Ira was produced by Jimmy Young at the Music Mill in Nashville, TN for “L & S records”
1994 Ira once again produced himself with the help of his good friend, Jimmy Young

Ira is listed in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his self-penned song “Nursery Rock” in 1958.

As a songwriter, Ira was a “Nashville Songwriter’s Association” Award Winner in 1967 and 1968.

Ira co-wrote “Hangin On” (Just enough To Keep Me) with Buddy Mize. To date, it has been recorded 80 times with several versions in country, R & B & Pop. The first to record it was The Gosdin Brothers and 9 years later, it was Vern Gosdin’s solo version that hit Billboard. Others recording it include Leon Ashley & Margie Singleton, Lane Brody, Joe Simon, Ann Peebles, Billy Vera, Barbara Mandrell, Waylon Jennings, Jean Shepherd, Ferlin Huskey, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, and Cher.

In 1985, Ira won the Maine Country Music Association’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” and the most prestigious award of “Entertainer Of The Year”

Ira starred in a one hour special on P.B.S. Network, “So You Want To Be A Star” with “Opry” favorites Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Slim Whitman, Don Gibson and Little Jimmy Dickens.

While on “Capital”, Ira recorded his own composition “Cold Cold Wind” on Buck Owens’ “Big In Vegas” Album, produced by Buck and Ken Nelson.

For more than 1 year, he was the featured performer at the World Famous “Palomino Club” in Hollywood, California.

1999 through 2000 he emceed and performed at the “Nashville Nightlife” dinner theater.

As a bandleader, Ira was nominated by the Academy of Country Music 3 times as having the best non-touring band in Country Music. He was the winner of that prestigious award in 1977.

For the past 24 years he has headlined the annual “Maine Country Pioneer Show” and scheduled for his 25th year in 2010.

2009 found Ira releasing 8 new CD’s… 4 from live performances over the years to 4 Cd’s featuring songs he recorded during his Dot-Capital days, some of which he penned.

Ira has lived his dream but he has a lot more “hillbilly dreams” to follow in the years forthcoming.

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