Originally from Dominica, West Indies, in 1954 while in his late teens he came to the United Kingdom to complete his education. He joined the Hammersmith Borough Brass Band as a trumpet player while working as its council surveyor. He later switched to trombone and formed an amateur band playing jazz.
1958 saw him securing a residency at the Cellar Club in Soho, he then joined bands that were led by Teddy Layton and Sonny Morris.
During the 1960s, he was also a member of a couple of jazz groups, namely the Terry Lightfoot and Alex Welsh bands and played with Edmundo Ros. He also had played trombone and sung in a blues band called 'Dillingers' with saxophonist Don Mackrill and bassist Ronnie Shapiro, the brother of Helen Shapiro.
Eric Allandale appears to have been involved with a group called Romeo Z. A promotional release of "Come Back Baby Come Back" backed with "Since My Baby Said Goodbye" was released on the CBS record label, 31 March 1967. He co-wrote both songs. The previous year, Romeo Z had contributed a song to the film Kaleidoscope. A single-sided promo 45 of the track was released on KAL 1.
In the early 1960s Allandale fronted his own group called The New Orleans Knights, possibly also referred to as The Jazz Knights who were regulars on the trad jazz circuit. The New Orleans Knights also featured drummer Colin Miller who, years later, joined the Chris Barber Band; banjo player Eddie Edwards, who took up his first professional opportunity in this band; and drummer Laurie Chescoe.
Two singles, were released as the Landsdowne Jazz Series on the Columbia label in the UK in 1962. One of the singles, "Little Hans" had Allandale credited as the new music arranger.
Former New Orleans Knights membersEric Allandale – Trombone and bandleader
Eddie Edwards – Banjo
Colin Miller – Drums
Laurie Chescoe – Drums (1959)
Will Hastie - Clarinet
Jim Goudie - Bass
Jeff Brown - Trumpet
1962: "Little Hans" / "Dominican Carnival" (Columbia 45-DB 4773)
1962: "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)" / "In a Little Spanish Town" (Columbia 45-DB 4844)
In 1967 he became a member of the multi-racial English soul group, The Foundations making up part of their three piece West Indian horn section playing alongside Jamaican saxophonists Mike Elliott and Pat Burke. He played on their hits "Baby, Now That I've Found You", "Back on My Feet Again", "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "In The Bad Bad Old Days" and stayed with them until their break up in late 1970.
He wrote a number of songs that were recorded by the Foundations as well as other artists. The first appearance of his song writing efforts was on the flip side of the Foundations third single, "Any Old Time (You're Lonely And Sad)" called "We Are Happy People". This song was also recorded by a Scandinavian group called Slams Creepers, backed with "I Just Couldn't Get You Out of My Mind" and released in 1968 on Bill BT 128. It was also released as the flip side to a 1969 single, "Remains To Be Seen", recorded by Irish show band The Pacific Show Band, released on Tribune TRS 125. It was also re-recorded by The Foundations featuring Colin Young and appeared on their 1968 Marble Arch album.
Other songs written by him was the Foundations minor hit "Born to Live, Born to Die" which Allandale served as musical director. "I Can Feel It", "Who Am I ?" and "Solomon Grundy". This latter song which appeared on the album, Digging The Foundations, was covered by Pye labelmates Pickettywitch, and a Hong Kong-based beat group, Danny Diaz & The Checkmates. It was the song that Polly Brown and Pickettywitch were first noticed with when they appeared on ITV's Opportunity Knocks television talent show. It was also the B-side of Pickettywitch's 1969 debut single "You've Got Me So I Don't Know". In 1972 a group called Tramp Sonic released a single on RCA called "You're A Man" backed with "Catch A Southbound Train". Allandale wrote the tunes for both sides as well as produced them. "You're A Man" later appeared on the Hits Vol.3 Dance Classics album in 1992. The song was credited to Tramps.
Along with James Mpungo he wrote "Ave Africa" which appears on Sunburst's 1976 album.
Some time after The Foundations broke up he went to Zambia with a soul band to play for its independence celebrations. He also joined other musicians in a band that played African Jazz and the band became popular there locally. He also taught music to students in Zambia and learnt some carving crafts and later moved to Kenya. He was also a member of the band Sunburst and played on the group's 1976 album, Ave Africa.
After spending four years in Africa he returned to England. In 1977 he and a former band mate from his early jazz years, Laurie Chescoe played traditional jazz. He also attempted to reunite with Tim Harris the former drummer for The Foundations and a gospel choir. Both were fruitless. With his partner Olive, in Peckham, South London he opened a junk shop.
In 1981 Allandale went to Paris and worked with Sam Woodyard, former drummer with The Duke Ellington band. He later moved to a commune near the Pyrenees and was a founding member of The St Andre Blues Band. In 1983 he returned to England and started a relationship with an artist called Simone and took up painting. He took music to schools with and an Afro-Caribbean group and later moved back to Paris. He had a brain haemorrhage in 1989 but recovered enough to play the keyboard. He suffered a stroke in 1999. Allandale died on 23 August 2001, at the age of 65.Romeo Z - "Come Back Baby Come Back" / "Since My Baby Said Goodbye" - CBS 202645 - 1967 - (co writer sides A&B)
Tramp Sonic - "You're A Man" / "Catch A Southbound Train" - RCA 2189 - 1972 - (producer and writer, sides A&B)