Jerry Allen was brought up in Margate, the son of a church organist, and was educated at Chatham House Ramsgate.
At the age of 14 he was tragically struck down with polio. While recovering he appeared at the Regal Cinema Margate, where he was discovered by the comedian Tommy Trinder, who put him on tour where he leant the business, playing parts in sketches and singing etc.
His first big break came with the West End show "Strike a New Note".
Many radio and theatre shows followed which eventually led to Jerry's marathon association with ATV's "Lunchbox" which ran five days a week for exactly eight years.
Jerry set up several music shops where the teaching of the organ coincided with the boom in home ownership of organs in the 1970s.
His arrangements of the well known classics, pop, swing and the coolest jazz are known to
this day amongst organ enthusiasts: his style utterly unique and all his own. He was a fine composer and arranger.
From the Hammond of the 1940s to the amazing versatility of the Lowrey, Jerry made the organ sound all his own.
Sadly Jerry died in the mid 1980s just before his 60th birthday.
I include this composition, named after his daughter Mandy, as a tribute to him.