Bassist/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Timmy Allen co-produced Stephanie Mills' number one R&B hit "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me." Allen has been associated with hits by the Backstreet Boys, Glenn Jones, Change, Freddie Jackson, and a slew of others. From Philadelphia, Allen played bass in the New York band Kinky Fox, which also included Johnny Kemp (the number one R&B hit "Just Got Paid"). Producer Paul Laurence asked Allen to play on tracks that he was producing for Freddie Jackson. Allen let Laurence hear a track that he had written called "Puttin' a Rush on Me." Laurence was impressed and began writing lyrics for the track. "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" b/w the instrumental version gave Stephanie Mills her third number one R&B hit. The duo also co-wrote hits for Lillo Thomas: &"Your Love's Got a Hold on Me" (number 11 R&B, summer 1984), "Sexy Girl" (number nine R&B, early 1986), and "I'm in Love" -- not the $Evelyn King hit.
Allen can be heard on Freddie Jackson's platinum LPs Rock Me Tonight and Just Like the First Time, Glenn Jones' "We've Only Just Begun," Billy Ocean's Suddenly, and "She's Playing Hard to Get" by Hi Five from the gold album Keep It Going On. He can be heard on the Change songs "Got My Eyes on You," "It Burns Me Up," and "Lovely Lady" from Change of Heart, which was a number 15 R&B hit. He can also be heard on "Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love" and the charming "I Fell in Love" for Millie Jackson on An Imitation of Love and on "I'm Gonna Be Your Lover (Tonight)" by Meli'sa Morgan and "Love High" from Jeff Redd's Quiet Storm CD (MCA 1990).
Timmy Allen-related releases The Wood movie soundtrack, R. Kelly Born Into the 90's and 12 Play, the soundtrack of ABC-TV's Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Jonathan Butler The Best of Jonathan Butler and Breaking Away, Marc Dorsey Crave, Aaliyah Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, Imajin Imajin, Samantha Fox Greatest Hits, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Tom Jones Move Closer, Michael Bolton The Hunger, Tribute to Rosa Parks, Baby DC School Dayz, Mike Davis When Only a Friend Will Do, Hi Gloss You'll Never Know, and Tangerue/Strange Affair Greatest Hits. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi