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The 411 On Me

The 411 On Me:
I am a 16 year leukemia survivor. I was born in Lake Arthur, Louisiana and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. I started singing in nightclubs throughout East Texas and Louisiana, performing blues and rock-n-roll music in the late 50's. I'm a graduate of TJHS, class of '61 in Port Arthur, Texas. I knew I was destined to be in the music business because I was singing at age 3. I sang my first paying gig at age 13 and was given my first break in the music business by Jivin’ Gene and his band in Beaumont, Texas. I’ll forever be grateful to Jivin' Gene for giving me that break that changed my life destiny forever. After leaving my home town in the early 60's, I headlined in Bossier City at such clubs as Merle Kimmerly’s nationally famous Boom Boom Room, the Diamond Head Lounge, and The Shindig Lounge. At that time I was signed with 123 Records, a subsidary of Capitol Records, and had a record on the charts called "Dirty Woman" and "Walkin' My Baby". In the early 70's I had a band called “Machine”. After a 10 year stay in Louisiana, I relocated to Houston, Texas, to pursue a solo career, spending 5 years headlining my own Las Vegas styled show with my band “The Main Event”. I had a recording contract with Gilley’s Recording Studio and with the help of Bert Frilot, my manager and record producer, I recorded numerous singles and albums. In 1984 I moved to southern California, where I spent the next 20 years. I lived in North Hollywood for about 3 years and then moved to Hemet, CA, which is in the desert, near Palm Springs, CA. I performed at resorts, clubs and private parties. In 1999 I was diagnosed with leukemia, a very fatal form called AML and in 2001, I had a stem cell transplant, which saved my life. That was the worst, scariest, and most painful time of my life. I spent a total of 7 months in the hospital. I have now been in remission for 16 years as of May 1, 2017.  In 2007 I was again diagnosed with a blood cancer, MDS, which stands for myelodysplastic syndrome; and now I am blood transfusion dependent.  My doctor says I have this because the chemo from my stem cell transplant damaged some of my chromosomes.  I plan to beat this bone marrow blood cancer  just like I beat AML.  In 2004, I relocated back to my roots in Louisiana. My wife of 44 years, Dianne, is by my side, supporting me all the way. In 2006 I was honored to record a CD with "The Fabulous Boogie Kings" called "Never Go Away". I have 4 original songs on the CD, which I wrote and sang. With a singing career spanning 60 years and a unique ability to perform most genres, I have come full circle to my musical beginnings and "I was singing Swamp Pop before it was ever called Swamp Pop. Ain’t life grand! My life is working! ~Allen Wayne