Allen Edwards is a singer who has been in the business for decades. Known for his ability to sing a wide variety of musical styles, he returns to Resorts Superstar Theater for a string of shows this month.
At the Shore: What made you want to become a singer?
Allen Edwards: Actually when I was about 6 years old I sang “Silent Night” in church and I could tell (that I had some talent) by the reception of the people. I have always enjoyed music, but that is where it started.
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ATS: You cover a lot of styles of music in your act. Is there any one particular song in the set that you look forward to performing each night?
AE: Well, I like all genres of music, but I have one particular song that was written for me by Bill Dees. He wrote this beautiful love song for me. It’s called “You’re the First Woman I Ever Loved” and it’s just a really powerful song. I dedicate it to every mom in the room. When it gets to the climax of the song you can actually hear the audience inhale and exhale because it’s that powerful. It’s a great song.
ATS: What would you say is the most important record in your collection?
AE: Well, I have two. One is (the aforementioned) “You’re the First Woman I Ever Loved” and the other is actually a country song called “Walk Out Backwards.”
ATS: What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
AE: Man, that is a great one! I would say that as a kid I really liked Warner Bros. cartoons. I loved them all — Foghorn Leghorn … Sylvester … I used to just live for them!
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ATS: If you could sing a duet with any artist living or dead who would it be?
AE: Probably Neil Diamond. I just like his genre of music. But actually there are two — I’m also a big Eagles fan. I put “Desperado” in the show this year. I just love the harmonies of The Eagles. I don’t think anybody has ever been able to duplicate that.