Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late night television talk show.
Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his extensive network television career. He gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. After he hosted The Tonight Show, he went on to host numerous game and variety shows, including his own The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, and The New Steve Allen Show. He was a regular panel member on CBS's What's My Line?, and from 1977 until 1981 wrote, produced, and hosted the award-winning public broadcasting show Meeting of Minds, a series of historical dramas presented in a talk format.
Allen was a pianist and a prolific composer. By his own estimate, he wrote more than 8,500 songs, some of which were recorded by numerous leading singers. Working as a lyricist, Allen won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. He also wrote more than 50 books, including novels, children's books, and books of opinions, including his final book, Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio (2001).
In 1996 Allen was presented with the Martin Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP). He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 26, 1921 (New York City), Died October 30, 2000 (Encino)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, electric organ, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 161 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||87409||2/1/1955||The ballad of Davy Crockett||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87856||4/15/1955||Fine and dandy||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87857||4/15/1955||Limehouse blues||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87858||4/15/1955||S'posin'||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87859||4/15/1955||Chicken wire blues||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87860||4/15/1955||Lover man-1||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87861||4/15/1955||Tea for two||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87862||4/15/1955||I thought about you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87863||4/15/1955||Strike up the band||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87864||4/15/1955||Poor butterfly||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87865||4/15/1955||Body and soul-2||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87975||5/8/1954||Big town boogie-5||Billy Butterfield Jazz Band ; Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87991||5/18/1955||The goo-goo doll song||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87992||5/18/1955||Old Betsy||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88076||6/1/1955||You better go now||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88077||6/1/1955||Young love||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88078||6/1/1955||Love is young||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88079||6/1/1955||Tomboy||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88080||6/2/1955||Let's fall in love||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88081||6/2/1955||You are too beautiful||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88082||6/2/1955||Too young||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88083||6/2/1955||Last night when we were young||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88084||6/3/1955||The boy next door||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88085||6/3/1955||Junior Prom||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88086||6/3/1955||Please be kind||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Steve," accessed February 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.
Allen, Steve. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.
"Allen, Steve." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 February 2023.
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