The Allen Brothers made their American debut at the Diplomat
Hotel in Miami in December 1964, then moved to New York. For the
rest of the 1960s, they appeared in clubs around the U.S., notably
at the various Playboy Clubs.
Allen co-wrote a number of hits including “Don't Cry Out Loud”
for Melissa Manchester, “I Honestly Love You” for Olivia Newton
John, and won an Academy Award for his contribution to the theme
from Arthur, Minnelli's hit 1981 movie. (His co-writers on that tune
were Burt Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager and singer Christopher
His own albums included Tenterfield Saddler (1972), Bi-Coastal
(1980) and Not the Boy Next Door (1982). Allen also composed the
short-lived Broadway musical Legs Diamond. He died in 1992 from AIDS
after giving his final concerts in Sydney, Australia.
It is Allen’s song “I Still Call Australia Home” that has become
a sentimental favourite in his home country of Australia, being used
in a series of commercials for Australian tourism. A documentary
video and a stage play, both titled The Boy From Oz, are based on
Peter Allen's life and music.