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The Allen Brothers (Australia)

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Allen and Chris Bell as the Allen Brothers, 1967.

The Allen Brothers were an Australian cabaret act of Peter Allen and a singer guitarist Chris Bell.[1] Allen was then Peter Woolnough, when at the age of fifteen he met Chris Bell, part of a singing duo, "The Two Shades".[2] When the other member of "The Two Shades" departed it was Bell's father who picked the name "Allen Brothers" for Chris and Peter.[3] They also sang with "The Barry Sisters", an Australian backing group unrelated to the American Barry Sisters. The duo broke up at the same time as Allen's marriage to Liza Minnelli and Chris Bell had no further music career.[4]


  1. ^ Lambert, Bruce (19 June 1992). "Peter Allen, Concert Entertainer And Songwriter, Is Dead at 48". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Wendy Leigh Liza: born a star : a biography - 1993 Page 79 0451404068 There, at the age of fifteen, Peter met Chris Bell, himself part of a singing duo, "The Two Shades." Backed by Chris's ..
  3. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service - Volume 8 -1977 Page 1178 From there he formed a partnership with another Australian, Chris Bell (whose father insisted that they be billed as a brother act under the name of Allen), which led to Australian television, a tour of the Orient.."
  4. ^ Peter Allen Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine "No one seems sure what happened to Chris Bell, though it's rumoured he headed for California where he worked as a flying instructor."