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"Allan Jones was a delightful man and wonderful to work with. I remember the last time I saw him at one of the Universal Reunion parties when he sang "The Donkey Serenade". His voice was so strong and beautiful, the whole audience was in awe. He was from my home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, which made us good friends. I have nothing but good memories of him."
Co-star in “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”
"What a joy it is to listen to this Allan Jones album! Here is a singer whose voice pours out golden vibrant music, without losing for one moment the meaning of the words. Rarely do I hear a singer with this sort of magic-and almost never do I find special artistry of this kind applied to such a great range and variety of songs as make up this album. There is tenderness. There is excitement. There is humor and there is noble sentiment, sorrow and wonder-each of these moods expressed with amazing insight by the versatile Allan Jones in this treasure of a package. One of the pieces he sings was composed by me. It makes me very proud to be included in a program by Allan at his thrilling best."
Composer of “Woman in Love”
“…an artist of deep sincerity and exceptional ability…his program was one of distinction…Jones’ tenor is flexible, and of unusual range and power…”
New Orleans Times-Picayune, January 15, 1940
“…a deeply sincere and exceptionally able artist…the young tenor proved himself overwhelmingly popular with this audience…”
New Orleans States, January 15, 1940
“…the Singer has ringing top notes and a remarkable range. …His tonal coloring was expert throughout…”
New Orleans Item, January 15, 1940
“…equipment of a vocalist of high quality with an especially praiseworthy command of sustained legato…charming pure tones and delicate phrasing were in evidence throughout…”
Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette, January 24, 1940
“…Don Terry, who also played my boyfriend in Moonlight in Havana, was too much of an actor to suit me. I especially like Moonlight in Havana. I wasn't such a typical ingenue, but I had spunk. I would throw myself at Allan Jones. It was a cute picture with several good musical numbers."
Co-Star in Moonlight in Havana
"There have been singing actors, and acting singers. But all too seldom is a splendid singing voice combined with acting talent and true manliness. Such a rare combination is Allan Jones, and so he becomes definitely the man of the moment in movie operetta circles. Allan has robust charm, a strong, musically fine voice which also has audience appeal and warm personality; and he is an excellent, always convincing actor - particularly, sigh the femmes in the audience, in his love scenes! With Jeanette MacDonald in "The Firefly" he rides off with most of the honors, for his boundless zest, high spirits, and gay good humor, as well as his glorious voice. Hail a new star: Allan Jones."
Firefly honor in magazine
"Two or three years ago I placed my faith in Theodore Jones and predicted that Scranton would turn out a singer of whom she would be proud. My faith is still strong, I believe he is beginning to climb the ladder of success."
D. E. Jones, Musical Critic, Scranton Republican
"I predict for Theodore Jones a brilliant future as a tenor singer; due to the lad’s strong personality, ability and his lovely quality of tone. His musical ambitions inherited from parents of staunch qualities and idealistic alms are sure to win success."
"I have known the boy since he entered schools in the grades, and on through his high school course. He showed consistent development all the way, and his present high standing as a tenor came through steady development. I predict a great future for Theodore Jones."
Prof. W. W. Jones Musical Supervisor of Scranton Public Schools
"Theodore Jones has a tenor voice of beautiful quality and great volume. Under the able direction of his present teacher, Prof. Claude Warford, of New York City, he is headed for the top and a great future; not only as a concert artist, but in opera for he has the perfect physical endowments and personality to win success on the operatic stage."
Alfred Williams, Director of Alfred Williams Glee Club
"You [Allan Jones] have everything necessary to take you far-to the very top if you so desire. You have a glorious voice, splendid presence, your French is admirable and you possess youth. What more could a lad desire?"
“Allan Jones was one of the handsomest guys who ever came out of the Welsh coal mining milieu to sing for his supper. And he had a powerful soaring voice that made the rest of the pretty boys in the rash of musical movies that hit the country in the 1930s sound like cawing crows. He played Gaylord Ravenal in “Show Boat” and when his pristine profile serenaded the Mississippi heroine, maidenly hearts in the audience thumped like bongo drums. Then he made “Firefly” and sang “Donkey Serenade” and even donkeys achieved a new and enviable status.”
“Along the Trail” columnist Tony Weitzel, 1974