Cliffie Stone Archives
Cliffie, Ernie Ford and Joe Allison at a Nashville golf tournament with other music executives. Joe was a disc jockey, songwriter, producer and a music record executive. He met Cliffie in 1952 when he moved to Los Angeles. Cliffie wrote in his songwriting book: “Joe is not only an award-winning songwriter, he’s also an excellent executive. He managed my Central Songs office in Los Angeles while I was Tennessee Ernie Ford’s manager. I was influenced by and learned so much from this knowledgeable music man. He deserves a great deal of credit for building Central Song’s great catalog.” In 1946, Tex Ritter recorded Joe’s song, “When You Leave Don’t Slam the Door” which went to #5 on the country charts. The songs that he co-wrote with his first wife, Audrey, were: “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”; “It’s a Great Life” (both recorded by Faron Young); “Teenage Crush” (recorded by Tommy Sands which became big hit). Joe & Audrey Allison’s most important songwriting credit came in 1960: “He’ll Have To Go” (recorded by Jim Reeves) which went to the top of the country charts for 14 weeks and reached #2 on the Pop Charts. Joe was involved in the founding of the Country Music Association and earned their Achievement Award in 1964. In the late 1970s, he was inducted into Nashville’s Country Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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