In his early years, Allan Jones gave concerts in his hometown and local churches. Later, he moved on to Carnegie Hall and other auditoriums, eventually gaining recognition in England and Australia.
Tenor Solo Contest
May 19, 1924
Academy of Music, Pennsylvania
Allan Jones was sixteen years old when he won this contest out of fifteen tenors at the annual Eisteddfod. He was the youngest contestant and said to have had the voice of a young John McCormack.
“Farewell-to-Scranton” Benefit Concert
February 7, 1927
Central High School and Marywood College Auditoriums
Managed by the Keystone Concert Course, this concert was held to raise money for Allan Jones’ education in Europe. His plans were to complete his vocal studies in Paris at the Opera Comique.
Program: “Comfort Ye, My People” and “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” (an oratorio recitative and aria from Handel’s “The Messiah”), “The Three Ghosts,” “Vesti La Guibba” (Leoncavallo), “Caro Mio Bien” (Giardani), “Because,” “For You Alone,” “Mother Machree,” “The Morning is Calling” (Terry), “Yesteryear” (Bainbridge Crist), “I Know a Hill” (Whelpley), “Earth is Enough” (Claude Warford, Jones’ teacher), “Serenata” (Totsi), “Donna Vorrel Morrir” (Totsi), “Gia il sole dal Gange” (Scarlatti), “O Na Byddal’n Haf o Hd, “The Willows.”
Welsh Home Benefit Concert
February 9, 1928
Central High School Auditorium
Arranged by the Welsh Women’s Club for the Welsh Home
Starring: Allan Jones, Alfred William’s Male Chorus, Willard Sektberg (pianist)
Program: “On the sea” (D. Buck), “Where E'er You Walk” (Handel), “Would You Gain the Tender Creature” (Handel), “LeReve” (Aria from Manon)(Massenet),
”Questate” (Aria from Rigoletto) (Verdi), “The Shores of Sighing (L. G. Chaffin)
IYn Nyffyn Clwyd” (The Missing Boat), “Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night)” (Old Welsh), “O: Wa Byddain Haf o Hyd” (The Summer Smiled For Aye) (Davies), “The Martyrs of the Arena” (J. DeRill), “The Little Hills Are Calling “(Edward Morris), “The Spirit Flower” (Campbell-Tipton), “A Fog Land” (Sektberg), “Iris” (Daniel Wolf), “Spring's Awakening” (Warford)
Home of Raoul Duval (opera patron)
Allan Jones gave a recital in Duval’s home where he met Dame Nellie Melba.
Wilkes-Barre Symphony Orchestra Concert
March 5, 1929
Allan Jones was as guest soloist at this concert.
Program: “Rigoletto” solo and four songs by Claude Warford, Giannini, Tosti, and Verdi
Poli Theater Concert
March 2, 1930
This concert benefited the Mary Wood College Building Fund
Uniontown Community Concert
January 13, 1930
Starring: Ethel Fox (soprano), Allan Jones, Benjamin King (pianist, accompanist)
Program: selections from “Faust” and “Manon”
Only 21, Allan sang in the first concerto of the New York Symphony and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras (under director Walter Damrosch) with Anna Case.
During this time, Allan performed in many other concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra, Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, the Chicago Symphony, and in London and Paris.
Good Friday Concert (in Cantata)
March 25, 1932
Allan Jones had a role in Dubois’ “Seven Last Words of Christ.”
Dr. Parry Male Chorus Concerts
March 13, 1935
First Welsh Congregational Church
Allan Jones was a soloist in this first of a series of concerts.
William and Mary Norfolk Division Concert Series
Blair Junior High Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia
Allan Jones performs with Gibner King at the piano
Program: “Comfort Ye My People,” “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “Total Eclipse” (from “Samson” by Handel), “Sound an Alarm” (from Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus”), “Nebbie” (Respighi), “Stornello” (Cimara), “Le Secret” (Faure), “Enfant, si j’etais Roi” (Liszt), “O Paradis,” “The Lament of Ian the Proud” (Charles Griffes), “O That It Were So” (Frank Bridge), “A Memory” (Rudolf Ganz), “Serenade” (John Alden Carpenter).
City Auditorium Recital (arranged by the Woman’s Club)
January 22, 1940
Charleston, West Virginia
Starring: Allan Jones, Gibner King (accompanist)
Program: arias “Where’er You Walk” (from Handel’s “Semele”) and “Total Eclipse” (from Handel’s “Samson”), “Comfort Ye, My People” and “Every Valley Shall Be Exhaulted” (from “The Messiah”), “Vainement, ma bien Aimee” (from Lalo’s “Le roi d’Ys”), “Le Secret” (Faure), “Enfant, si j’etais Roi” (Liszt), “Hymn au Soliel” (Juliette Marie Olga (Lili) Boulanger), “O Paradiso” (from Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine”), “Under the Greenwood Tree” (Dunn), “Do Not Go, My Love” (Hagemann), “None But the Lonely Heart,” “Only My Love” (Chenowith), and songs from his films, “The Great Victor Herbert” and “The Firefly.”
March 11, 1940
“America’s Outstanding Young Tenor”
Concert held in Montgomery, Alabama
October 28, 1946
Charleston, West Virginia
Starring: Allan Jones, Jayne Diagatano and Adam Dance Team (trick ponies)
USO Camp Show
April 5, 1943
Fort McClellan Amphitheater
Allan Jones sang to an audience of 8,000 soldiers and civilians, despite a cold and sore throat.
Program: “The Donkey Serenade,” “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody”
Coliseum (Evansville, Indiana)
Oct. 4, 1946
Starring: Jayne Digstano and Adam and Marcus and Delano.
Golder’s Green Hipprodrome
Monday, June 14, 1948
Presented by Bernard Delfont.
“Galaxy of International Stars”
Hippodrome Theatre Coventry
Twelfth Birthday Week Show
Starring: Allan Jones, Reg Dixon, Binnie Hale, Bill Kerr, Warren, Latona & Sparks, Sonny & Rene Jenks
The Palladium (London)
June 6, 1949
“Starlight Serenade” Open-Air Concert
Bixby Park (Long Beach, California)
Staring: The Long Beach Symphony, Allan Jones, Marilyn Horne
Program: “Carmen” selections, “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “With a Song in My Heart,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Why Shouldn’t I,” “Day in, Day Out,” “Alone,” “The Donkey Serenade,” “Giannina Mia”
USO Show: Naples, Italy
This was a USO Show tour that traveled from Naples to Palermo. Irene Hervey acted as mistress of ceremonies.
Allan frequently had concerts and made recordings of the songs, “Silvia,” “Great Day,” “Do I Love You?” “While the Angelus Was Ringing”(an all-English version of “Les Trois cloches”) and “You’re Breaking My Heart.”
“Something to Sing About”
Winter Gardens Pavilion Blackpool
Presented by George Alfred Black
Director: Ray Gort
Starring: Allan Jones, Ken Platt, Morecambe & Wise, The Three Cottas, Rob Murray, Trio Morlidor, Harry Worth, Jean Bayless, Claudine Goodfellow, Malcolm Goddard, ANNETTE’s Beau Belles.
“The Royal Variety Performance” (London)
Nov. 13, 1950
Allan performed at the Palladium during for the King and Queen.
Starring: Kaye Ballard, The Merry Macs, Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, Gracie Fields, Max Bygraves, Billy Cotton, Donald Peers, Frankie Howard, the Crazy Gang
Spanish Lakes Convention Hall
February 12, 1973
Starring: Allan Jones, Burt Leigh
“The Big Show”
Starring: Allan Jones, Virginia O’ Brien, Sally Rand, Cass Daley, the Ink Spots
“An Evening with Romberg”
Producers: Contemporary Artists Management and J.J. Erman.
Starring: Allan Jones, J Edward Adams, Gary Barker, Joan B. Diffin, Gary Reese Holcombe, Kevin Marcum, Gail Malmuth, Donna Monroe, Melanie Vaughan, Dean Russell, and Jacquiline Rohnbacker.
Masonic Temple Benefit Concert
March 28, 1981
This concert was held at the Masonic Temple to benefit the St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home in Elmhurst, PA.
Allan made his last successful singing tour before he died in 1992.
The Greatest Show of 1936, 1980
Allan starred in this and was also the master of ceremonies.