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Steve Allen

Creator and host of the original "Tonight" show. Authored 52 published books, including: the 1998 publications of "Murder in Hawaii", "Die Laughing" and "Dumbth...(and 101 Ways to Reason Better and Improve Your Mind)"; the 1996 publication "Wake Up to Murder & But Seriously"; the 1995 publication of "The Bug and the Slug in the Rug"; "The Man Who Turned Back the Clock" and "Murder on the Atlantic"; 1994's "Reflections"; and 1993's "The Murder Game", "More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality, Book Two", and "Make 'em Laugh". Steve Allen’s 100 Song Lyrics are to be released in 1999. Allen starred on Broadway in "The Pink Elephant"; Starred in motion pictures, most notably in the title role of Universal's "The Benny Goodman Story". Written over 7,400 songs, including "This Could Be The Start of Something Big," "Picnic," "Impossible," "Gravy Waltz," and "South Rampart Street Parade," "Pretend You Don’t See Her," etc.; Written the score for several musicals, including the Broadway production of "Sophie" and the CBS-TV version of "Alice in Wonderland". Allen recorded over 52 record albums/CD’s, including the May 1993 release of "Steve Allen Plays Jazz Tonight" for the Concord Jazz label; the 1996 releases of "Steve Allen Plays HI-FI Music For Influentials"; "Steve Allen On The Air! The Classic Comedy Of Steve Allen" ;"Words & Music: The Songs Of Steve Allen" for the Varese Sarabande label; "Keep Swingin’" & "Fast Cars & Fascinating Women: The Tom Kubis Big Band Plays Steve Allen" on the SeaBreeze Jazz Label; and "Steve Allen’s 75th Birthday Celebration" released on March 10, 1998 for the Valley Entertainment label. Wrote the stirring Irish drama, "The Wake", which won an L.A. drama critics' nomination as best play of 1977; He starred in the critically-acclaimed NBC series "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour". Creator, writer and host of the Emmy award-winning PBS-TV series "Meeting of Minds". And been inducted into the TV Academy's Hall of Fame. In 1993, Mr. Allen became Abbot of the world-famed Friars Club, succeeding Milton Berle, and in 1994 the Museum of Television and Radio honored him with a six-month retrospective of his work. He was married to actress-comedienne Jayne Meadows. Before Jay, Johnny, or Jack, there was Steve. It was Steve Allen who in 1954 created the "Tonight Show", a pop culture institution that has become America’s longest-running and most successful late-night program. It all seems so simple"the desk, the monologue, the announcer/sidekick, the bandleader as comic foil, the breezy chats with celebrities, the wacky stunts, the comedy sketches, the roaming cameras, the irreverent observations of passersby, the offbeat and eccentric guests, the fun with exotic animals, and the ad-lib banter with the studio audience.

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TV / Film

Steve Allen's Music Room: 1984

Steve Allen's Music Room: 1984

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Imagine a talk show where vibraphonist Terry Gibbs led a band consisting of trumpeters Conti Candoli, his brother Pete Candoli and Chuck Findley; trombonists Carl Fontana and Charlie Loper; saxophonsits Med Flory, Gus Vivona, Plas Johnson, Jerome Richardson and Bill Green; pianist Alan Broadbent; guitarist Tommy Tedesco; bassist Chuck Berghoffer; and drummer Frankie Capp. And let's add a 27-year-old Bill Maher as announcer and sidekick. Such a show  existed and ran from 1984 to 1986. It was Steve Allen's Music ...


In Praise of Steve Allen

In Praise of Steve Allen

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Despite living with television sets for nearly 65 years, most of us dread being in front of a camera. We love criticizing people on TV but wouldn't dream of switching places with them. Those who have been interviewed on national TV know what a jarring experience it is. Much prep work is required to keep from forgetting what you want to say or sounding like an idiot. [Pictured above: Steve Allen] Our TV phobia is warranted. No other medium exposes ...


Music Industry

Comedian Steve Allen Dies at Age 78

Comedian Steve Allen Dies at Age 78

Source: All About Jazz

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and musician Steve Allen, who was the first host of NBC's “Tonight Show,” has died, a spokesman said. He was 78.

Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Allen died of a possible heart attack during a visit to his son's home to see his grandchildren.

Once called television's “man for all seasons,” Allen was celebrated for his quick wit, horn-rimmed glasses and for his song-writing skills. Among his 4,000 songs were “This Could Be the Start of ...





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