Thomas S. Allen

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Thomas S. Allen (18761919), an early figure in Tin Pan Alley, was an American vaudeville composer, manager, and violinist. [1] He was born in Natick, Massachusetts, and died in Boston.

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  1. Thomas S. Allen: Information and Much More from Answers.com
  2. Project MUSE

The list of Allen's works omits his 1914 composition "I Wonder What Will William Tell", Music by "X, with apologies to G. Rossini", Daly Music Publishing, Boston Mass.