Bobby Allan started his singing career at an early age singing in a church choir. In his youth, he was a contestant on the Tiny Talent Show, a CHCH TV program that featured young talent from the Hamilton and surrounding area. Early on, Bobby discovered that he had the ability to impersonate people like Crazy Guggenheim from the old Jackie Gleason show. He then moved onto impersonating Jerry Lewis, John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Alfred Hitchcock, and many others.
Bobby joined a band called Nebo, singing songs from the Who to the Guess Who. After leaving the group, he worked for Disc Jockeys Unlimited, and then moved on, starting his own DJ business. Bobby began singing at some of the dances where he was a DJ.
Bobby's first contest as an ETA was at The Kings and Classics competition. He did not even place at that competition, but jokes that, “I did have the worst wig!” He did, however, place fourth at the inaugural Tweed Elvis Festival contest, and has consistently placed in the top ten at Collingwood.
Bobby’s greatest success in competition was his first place win as Ray Charles at Matt Cage’s King Trilogy contest. Bobby now pays tribute to Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Bobby Vinton, and many more.
Bobby’s greatest compliment, he feels, came from Nevin Grant from the Oldies Station CKOC, who told Bobby he had the ability to pick out the right nuances in each artist’s voice. Bobby Allan truly believes that it’s not about the singing; it’s about people you meet along the way.
Bobby would like to thank his wife, Evelyn Napholc, who has been a rock throughout his adventure, and Rock N Ray Michaels for his encouragement.
I wish to thank Bobby Allan for sending his bio to be posted on SIDEBURNS Magazine. Best regards Carolyn MacArthur.