Rosalie Allen

The Hillbilly Yodel Star of the 1940s

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Rosalie Allen was firmly within the Patsy Montana tradition, although she had a voice that was seemingly destined for crossover success. In reality she had only four country hits, two of which were duets with fellow yodeler Elton Britt. Neither of those duets appear on this 26-track German import, but her solo hits are present: "Guitar Polka (Old Monterey)" and a remake of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," both from 1946. "Yodel Boogie" combines Alpine-style yodeling with a boogie beat, and "Never Trust a Man" is presumably a response to Tex Williams' "Never Trust a Woman," which was a big hit the same year. "Hitler Lives" is a post-WWII oddity that claims, among other things, that if we aren't nice to each other then "Hitler lives." The remaining tracks are western songs and novelties, including a half-dozen Lang-Worth radio transcriptions that are really quite a find. The sound quality is a little muffled but not too distracting, and besides, most collectors will be thankful for the rare recordings rather than critical of the disc's sonic shortcomings.

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