Richard "Pistol" Allen  

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Richard "Pistol" Allen (12 August 1932 in Memphis, Tennessee30 June 2002 in Detroit, Michigan) was an African-American musician. Allen was the primary recording session drummer for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band on most of Holland-Dozier and 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 comprised 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.




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