Sunday, November 8, 2009

Liza Minnelli & the Allen Bros (1967)

Aussie music legend PETER ALLEN (1944-1992) got his big break on the Australian TV pop show BANDSTAND in the early 1960s, as part of a duo act THE ALLEN BROTHERS, with Chris Bell. In 1962 the Allen Brothers started an extended tour of Asian clubs and hotels. In Hong Kong in 1964 they were seen by JUDY GARLAND (on her way back to London after her disastrous Australian visit). Beguiled by the young men's charm and talent, she appointed herself their manager and flew them to London, where Peter Allen became engaged to Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli. In 1965 the Allen Brothers appeared with Garland on CBS TV's ON BROADWAY TONIGHT, and were her support act for concert engagements in Canada and the United States. They made their American club debut supporting Garland at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. In 1967 Peter Allen married Liza Minnelli. To celebrate, Liza and the Allen Brothers played an enormously successful season at the fabled Chequers nightclub in Sydney - and made a triumphant return to the boys' alma mater, TCN 9 Sydney, in a BANDSTAND special featuring Liza, Peter and Chris. Here's the finale trio number!

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