Aussie Pop Vocalist Christie Allen Dies

One of Australia's biggest names in the late Seventies pop-disco boom, Christie Allen, has died in Western Australia after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54.

U.K.-born Allen was the first female pop singer signed to Michael Gudinski's Melbourne-based Mushroom Records, and the first Australian-based female act to be marketed to an under-18 demographic.

Allen was discovered by expatriate Australian songwriter Terry Britten, who penned Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "We Don't Need Another Hero."

Allen's 1979 debut album "Magic Rhythm" went gold (at that time for 70,000 units). It yielded two Top 5 hits: "Goosebumps" and "He's My Number One.” She was voted most popular Australian female performer at the “Countdown” Awards in 1979 and 1980, organized by the major TV pop show at the time.

Illness forced her to stop touring after her second album "Detour" (1980) and she drifted out of view. In the mid-1990s she began performing occasionally with country bands, and performed on Mushroom Records' nationally televised 25th anniversary celebrations at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds in Nov. 1998.

Allen died on Aug. 12. She is survived by her husband, daughter, three brothers and a grandchild.