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08-02-2011 11:40 PM -- By: Buddy Comfort, From: currently Santa Cruz, CA
When I first heard Laura sing at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax back in the 70's I was enthralled by her beauty and her angelic songs and voice. Her music arose from another dimension and was healing for me and all who heard her.
I am so sorry to learn that she is gone. She has left us a legacy of music that is timeless.
I know her Spirit is on a another journey and she is brightening the lives of those in other places.
Bless you, dear one.
07-29-2011 7:02 PM -- By: ava rosenblum, From: edina, mn
What a lovely voice and gifted writer. I just heard about her in Cytnthia Weller's book. I am so glad I got to hear her. Thank you for putting up this site.
07-16-2011 1:23 PM -- By: Kenny White, From:
Just heard of her passing and am deeply saddened. Met her and Dickens at the house in Sleepy Hollow and listened many times to her beautiful voice and songs at the Sleeping Lady. She is the reason I first picked up a dulcimer. I have a (guess you would call it) bootlegged copy of 6 songs recorded at the House of Good where she played with Mark S. (on flute) and I believe Dickens (on tablas). Beautiful spirit, thank you Laura.
07-14-2011 9:28 AM -- By: Gerardo Zelaya, From: Peru
Disculpen que no se ingles , pero el Idioma Universal de la Musica me lleva a escribir mi agradecimiento a Laura,un Angel que nunca dejare de escuchar . Su Musica sana y Ruego a Dios porque Laura siga dando mas de su Corazon y de ese Amor que la Inspiro .
06-19-2011 12:42 PM -- By: Hajo, From: Germany
...one of my best records ever......
I love her songs and her voice - an exellent musician!!!!!
even know about her death today while touring through the net.
so many memoies in my life are within her songs.....
Thank you Laura !!!!!!
06-13-2011 4:31 AM -- By: Ron Javorsky, From: Long Beach, CA
I wish I could go to the Baked Potato and hear Laura. I heard Laura play several times in the LA area. I'm sorry I won't get the chance again. As a fellow musician, I miss her.
06-13-2011 4:28 AM -- By: Ron Javorsky, From: Long Beach, CA
I wish I could go to the Baked Potato and hear Laura.
06-05-2011 10:06 PM -- By: Rossco Gabriel, From: Marin County Ca.
Laura and I met in Marin Co. ca. in 1970 at the Resh House in Tam Junction.There was lots of talent in those days that played
The Resh House from Pamela Poland,The
Rowan Brothers,Uncle Vinty, Marcus McCallen,iasos,Peter Rowa and many more notable talent from the Bay Area and
Marin.Laura and I were both born on Feb. 1st 1952 12 hours apart. She and I were kinda soul brother and sister on a spiritral
plane only.I only saw the good,the pure and the light in her. We unfortuneitly became futher apart as she retreated to the East Bay and I traveled between LA and Marin until I started traveling more out of the country and back again.Laura and I celebrated our 21st Birthdays together in Mill Valley at Dickens studio.It was a night to remember and I will.I also introduced her to George Daly soon to be her Record Producer. I once even booked her at
The House Of Good my old Jewish Temple
on Geary and Fillmore on S F with Sylvester and The Pointer Sisters. Ahh, they were the best of times and she will be surely missed but always present in spirit.I will always hold her deep in my heart and always in my prayers. I will always love you in the purest way possible,Eternally Yours
Rossco Da Bossco Gabriel 6/5/11
05-29-2011 1:59 PM -- By: Arielle, From:
3 years have passed and I still can't fully believe you're gone. Miss you, miss you, miss you. Sending up Love & Light to your sweet spirit.
05-19-2011 4:38 PM -- By: , From: fla
angel day blessings to you...
05-03-2011 1:08 PM -- By: Cary Raditz, From: Nairobi
Laura was an extraordinary person who lived among extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. While doing research on her “Art Car” I just found out that she had died. The Car was just one facet in one cultural nexus among many through which she moved and worked. Laura’s boyfriend was in the art car was Dickens 44 Bascom, a star “Gluer" among those in the “Unknown Museum” of junk-glued objects on a side street in Mill Valley. The CA Highway Patrol voted their amazing car best in class for years. Laura and Dickens would show up in the car for concerts dressed in outrageous costumes a la “The Incredible String Band.”
I met Laura along with her instrument-maker mentor, Joellen Lapidus, at Joni’s house in Lookout Mountain Drive in Laurel Canyon in the summer of 1970. Joellen made Joni her first dulcimer. Laura was 18 at the time had just stepped out of a renaissance painting of angels. When I moved back to California from Greece in the fall of 1970, Laura, Joellen and I got to be friends. She and Joellen lived in a group house of music instrument craftsmen in Forest Knolls in the redwoods several blocks above Sir Francis Drake. The house was owned by Carolina, whose grandfather invented the concrete vibrator. Among the other gifted instrument craftsmen in that circle was Robbie Long, who lived and worked down the road in Lauganitas. Once in San Rafael behind the studio of tabla player, Ali Akbar Khan, Laura gave me a little scrap of white leather on which she had written in tiny script, “Good for a dance or two, and when we we're through, we’ll kiss the moon.” I carried that in my wallet for years waiting for a dance.
I saw Laura perform often at the “Sleeping Lady Café” in Fairfax, and as a member of the Fairfax Street Choir where she sang soprano and tap danced. She also performed as a strolling street musician in the Renaissance Pleasure Faire walking a tightrope playing a fiddle. The stories go on. I saw her last In the mid 80's in New York, 21 East 21st Street. Bye Laura, I was wonderful knowing you. XX
05-03-2011 1:06 PM -- By: Cary Raditz, From: Nairobi
04-23-2011 11:17 PM -- By: Bradly Scott (Ross-Itsalongstory), From: Marin / Wenatchee, WA
Laura's Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I've just now learned of, & am shocked to hear of, her passing.
I was introduced to Laura in '74, in the Sleeping Lady days, by Bryan (a band-mate of mine) & Heide Hodes, who said, "You Gotta see/hear this girl!" They were sure my Valje Congas & her Dulcimer/Zither/Piano/Flute/Vocals would be a match made in Heaven.
They were so inspired by Laura, that Bryan, a fine singer-songwriter-guitarist, made @ least 2 (or 3?) Dulcimers for Heide, who learned Laura's songs. - I was immediately mezmerised by Laura's music, & enamored by her inner & outer Beauty!
I was a huge fan (blades as big as a wind-machine!), went to all of Laura's concerts, & wanted badly (- later to be my nickname) to play Percussion with her, which I made clear...
Laura responded by singing entire shows directly to me with eye contact, much to the consternation of my guy friends! I thought I was dreaming, until, coming away from a particularly important (for Laura) S.F. show, they said, "Gee, I wish she'd sing to ME like that..." Maybe I was her muse...
My day-job was @ Pacific Stereo, so I schemed to hand-deliver (which was not part of the store's deal) her repaired (Dual?Nakamichi?) cassete-recorder to her house in Mill Valley.
Laura answered the door with that Magic Twinkle in her eye & that Golden Smile that would light up the world, & said, "ah, it's You!", & invited me in. She inspired me to write my 1st song... (about her...)
Laura was always extremely kind & gracious, & eventually had me over to her house to exchange tapes, kick stuff around, & discuss the possibilities of me joining her live, on Percussion.
It seemed this was about to come to fruition, when Laura was whisked off to L.A. for that 1st album, with "Professional, studio Musicians" (he said, with an aire of haughty-ness...!)
I later moved to Colorado, then Washington State, & lost contact with her. I've performed &/or recorded with more than 100 ensembles since, some famous, but I'll always lament not being able to pursue playing live / recording with Laura. Maybe I'll be fortunate enough to join her with the "Angels In Heaven Choir"!
The World is a better, more Loving place for Laura having graced it's surface; she touched our souls... Plus, she just sounded awesome! Laura will be Truly missed...
Thanx to Jeffrey for making this site available for our sharing. Thanx also to Pat & Bill Craig (I used to go to all your shows, too, you Devils!); Joel Bernstein; Carolyn (I used to have a crush on you - I know you remember...!); & everyone, for making this sad news just a little bit easier to assimilate, by reading all your stories... This was like visiting with Laura & old friends...! Bless You All !
Hallelujah! What a great time for Heaven!
Still compelled to make music, Bradly Scott, Percussionista
04-22-2011 12:15 PM -- By: mario alberto munguia, From: berkeley ca
02-21-2011 8:44 AM -- By: Paul Headon, From: Swansea Walesbw8
02-20-2011 1:32 PM -- By: gene mock, From: loomis, ca
Wish I would have known her in her time---she would be somewone I would call friend.
02-08-2011 4:59 PM -- By: tom, From: Vienna / austria
I was about ten when my brotherfirst played the Laura Allen album (80´ or so). From this moment on some of the songs came along withe me until today. Maybe i didnt listen for a year, but finally your songs came back to me anyhow. Thank you for all the music - your songs feels like part of my family. love & peace whereever U are
02-01-2011 9:57 PM -- By: , From:
God Bless You! What a beautiful lady!
01-29-2011 12:44 PM -- By: jim hunt, From: sonora,ca
I saw Laura in the '70's w/ crosby @ the palace of fine arts, & was capivated by her perfomance, very raw & genuine. I really hope she,Her music,& her instruments will live on in the souls of those She touched, because She touched me.
01-20-2011 3:43 PM -- By: steve, From: phoenix
12-02-2010 5:00 AM -- By: Gordon Noice, From: Honolulu
Maybe late in coming but my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thanks for the music, Laura, wish I could get "I'm In Good Shape". Made me tear up...
10-06-2010 11:31 AM -- By: Shon Gale, From: Eugene, OR
I am so sorry she left us. She was my angel! I heard her lovely voice at many a rehearsal with the Fairfax Street Choir. I remember her first rejections from the record companies because they said she was like Joni Mitchell. What a compliment! In many ways she was better because her soul lived in in the instruments she made and played. She made her music from scratch and that is the most profound way to reach your muse.
08-18-2010 9:49 PM -- By: Jason Bernardi, From: Mountain View, HI
I am so sorry for your losses but Laura does live on in her music. I remeber her singing & playing with the Fairfax Street Choir many years ago. She was a stand out, dressed in white & performing with her heart. I benefit every time I listten to Reflections album.
08-04-2010 7:46 PM -- By: Greg Clark, From: Seattle
Loved Laura's album from 1978....Sorry to hear of her passing...
06-18-2010 9:18 AM -- By: Nicholas Maulding, From: Austin Tx.
I remember thinking what a great picture of her inside the David Crosby album, a wonderful talent , left us too soon.
05-30-2010 3:22 PM -- By: , From:
It has been 2 years since you passed. Hard to believe. It saddens my heart to realize that since I was here the last time, we have now lost our dear, sweet Shauna, as well. I pray that you and she are hanging together and that you have taught her to play the dulcimer. Oh, how she loved to listen to you sing. We all did. I know you are now blessing heaven with your angelic love.
Shanna, friend to Shauna who was a patient in Reno at an Alternative Treatment Center while Laura was there - Feb. 2008
05-02-2010 5:41 PM -- By: Chet Nichols II, From: Chicago
It is with great sorrow that I just read of Laura's passing. I knew she was sick but found nothing about her condition until now.
I am also a singer-songwriter. I "fell in love" with Laura back in the mid-1970'. She was easy to become attracted to and clearly, everyone who met her also "fell in love" with her heart, spirit and artistry. I was introduced to Laura when my producer, Stephen Barncard, was able to convince her to sing back-up vocals on several of my songs on my CD, "Taxi To Tonganoxie". You can hear her voice cutting through on the tracks: "Rock and Roll Music", "You've Got The Keys To My Heart" and others. Laura and I have a common love for the dulcimer....which I use on a lot of my recordings. When I met her she was going out with my buddy and drummer, Fuzzy John Oxendien.
A couple years ago, I bought several of her CDs and really love "Telegraph". Then, again, I love all her music.
Anyway, I am sorry to hear she has passed-on, but I also know she is in a "great, great place". She clearly has left this earth a better place by sharing her music with us.
My prayers go out to her family and friends.
05-02-2010 5:41 PM -- By: Chet Nichols II, From: Chicago
03-01-2010 3:37 PM -- By: dusty akers, From: mairn
really knocked me for a loop hearing this..i'll be missing you for all you were for the rest of my life...good journeys laura see ya on the other side a ho
02-26-2010 7:13 PM -- By: Carla Fay, From:
just found out recently that Laura passed. I had not seen her for several years but will remember many a night at the Bison and around Berkeley. Will remember you.
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