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Many thanks go to Peggy Brown for arranging the interview. My Dreaming of large dark dong bc productions name is Victor Allen and I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and I come from a single parent home and I have one younger brother. I was the piano player for my church for most of my teenage years. After that I went to college for six months and then I got an opportunity to try out for a gospel group called The Canton Spirituals and I ended up travelling, and touring with, and recording with them for about seventeen years.

I started with them when I was nineteen and we had a great deal of success. We toured every weekend. This was fromup until about That kinda prepared me and taught me all I needed to know about the music business including how not to get taken advantage of, because that goes on in gospel music just like it does in any other music.

During my period with the Canton Spirituals it was the same singer that they have in the group now, the Dreaming of large dark dong bc productions singer is Harvey Watkins Jrhis nephew Cornelius Dwayne Watkins and Merlin Lucious are the three main guys in the group.

He passed away, I think infrom cancer. They have had different musicians come along but the main core remains the same. Theo Thompson was with them but he has left; he was an older gentleman and he retired from the travelling.

He was one of the Dreaming of large dark dong bc productions with the group. I worked at the "Dreaming of large dark dong bc productions" as well as part of his touring group. I was with him for about a year, but there was one particular concert we did in Selma, Alabama and the Canton Spirituals were there and they saw me perform with Leonard and they approached me about possibly being part of their group and I auditioned and all that and it happened from there.

At the time the Cantons were not a very popular group, all of that came later, after their records on Blackberry Records. I was doing support work and background vocals on the last two records, and on the records prior to that I was doing some lead vocals. The last ten years with the group, I started dabbling with producing blues and southern soul. Willie and I developed a really close friendship and we are still very close now.

Since then I have produced many records for him. I produced on those records. Production means being responsible for creating the music and other cases managing the music, making sure the musicians played what I heard in my head and how I thought the music should be. With the electronic production I would do all of those tracks, but on most of the stuff I did with Mike Haralambos, most of that was recorded live and I would sit down and do the arrangements and teach everybody, and make sure everybody stayed on course in the studio with what we were doing.

The Mel Waiters and all that stuff was at Malaco. Now I have a pre production studio at my house where I do most of my stuff.

I do all of my music in my back room. Willie and I got to a point where we were bouncing songs off each other and he would leave me a voice mail with an idea for a song and maybe sing one line and I would listen to it and create a song from that. There was one song that I recorded for him as a demo and I gave it to him to listen to and I asked him if he had listened to it, and he said he loved it and I asked him if he was going to record it, and he said no.

So I asked why and he told me I needed to record it. I had never thought about being a southern soul blues solo artist until that very moment.

That had to be around I was still doing gospel at that time. I was still singing gospel with the Canton Spirituals at that time because coming out as a new artist sometimes takes a while and music was all I was doing at the time, so I still had to be able to live. Dreaming of large dark dong bc productions

Music was a full time thing for me. It was different and weird doing both, because when I did have an occasional show for myself, the Cantons would go without me and after a while that created a problem and it got to the point where I was tired of working with the Cantons anyway.

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