Several Canadian hits followed 1982-3, including 'Your Daddy Don't Know,' 'Start Tellin' the Truth,' 'Girls Night Out,' 'All I Need' and 'Ready to Make Up'. Another song, 'What About Love?,' written by Allen, Alton and Jim Vallance for Toronto but not recorded, became a major hit internationally for the US band Heart in 1985. Toronto headlined concerts across Canada and travelled widely in the USA, both as an opening act (for Robert Palmer, Ted Nugent, Nazareth, etc) and on its own. Its other LPs 1981-3 for Solid Gold were Head On (SGR-1005), Get It on Credit (SGR-1011) and Girl's Night Out (SGR-1016). Canadian sales of all four Toronto LPs exceeded 100,000 copies each.
With the departure of Allen and Alton in 1983, Woods, Kreyer and others continued as Holly Woods and Toronto, recording the LP Assault and Flattery (SGR-1024). The single 'New Romance' was a modest Canadian hit in 1984. A 'greatest-hits' compilation was issued on LP (SGR-1021) that year and reissued on CD (CBS VCK-80128) in 1988. Allen was subsequently in charge of A&R for Attic Records, in which capacity he produced records by Lee Aaron andHaywire.
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Quill, Greg. 'Brian Allen: a rock veteran,' CanComp, 189, Mar 1984
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