Complications on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 6:45 p.m., in Westwood, New Jersey, at Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, after a lengthy illness. Still grieving over the loss of his mother, Mr. Alleyne passed just 1 year and 14 days after his mother, jazz icon, Gloria Lynne’s death on October 15, 2013. Ms. Lynne is best known for her signature song, “I Wish You Love.”
Richard, fondly known to his friends and family as P.J., was born in Harlem, NY, and raised in Englewood, NJ. He was often cared for by his grandmother who nurtured him during those times his mother was performing or touring on the road. In fact, due to his mother’s musical career, P.J., was exposed to the likes of Dizzy Gillespie (who lived around the corner from him), Miles Davis, Quincy Jones who worked with Gloria Lynne on one of her albums, trumpeter Harry “Sweets,” Edison and Lionel Hampton, etc.
P.J. attended Eron Preparatory school and went on to graduate from business school. However, since music was always his passion he pursued music. He appeared on the Apollo Amateur Hour in the 1980’s with his rock band and spent time in California working with rock music. He also tried his hand at acting eventually appearing on TV programs such as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Cagney & Lacey,” et. al.