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Rance Allen

Rance Allen (1948–2020), gospel music legend

by Kirk Fox

Rance Allen was the lead singer of the popular gospel band the Rance Allen Group.

  • Died: Saturday, October 31, 2020. (Who else died on October 31?)
  • Details of death: Died in Sylvania, Ohio, recovering from a medical procedure, at the age of 71.
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Gospel Music Legend

Rance Allen co-founded the Rance Allen Group with his brothers Tom and Steve. Rance was the lead vocalist and was known for his powerful voice. The band combined rock and soul with gospel music to create a popular crossover sound. They had a top 30 R&B hit in 1978 with “I Belong to You.” The Rance Allen Group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998. Rance Allen was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for best gospel performance for the song “I Understand,” which also featured Mariah Carey and BeBe Winans. He sang at the White House for President Barack Obama in 2015. Allen was also the pastor of New Bethel Church in Toledo.

Tributes to Rance Allen

Full Obituary: The Toledo Blade

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