Steve Allen

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 51-75 of 161 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 88087 6/3/1955 While we're young Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88316 6/22/1955 But beautiful Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88317 6/22/1955 Pennies from heaven Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88318 6/22/1955 Street of dreams Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88319 6/22/1955 Spring will be a little late Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88320 6/22/1955 An old piano plays the blues Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88321 6/22/1955 My funny Valentine Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88322 6/22/1955 Just one of those things Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88323 6/22/1955 Sugar Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88324 6/22/1955 There'll never be another you Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88325 6/22/1955 When you're a long, long way from home Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88326 6/22/1955 You're mine, you! Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88479 12/28/1955 I never harmed an onion Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88480 12/28/1955 What is a freem? Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 88686 11/4/1955 Goodbye Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88709 11/22/1955 What is a husband? Steve Allen ; Jayne Meadows vocalist  
Decca 88752 10/11/1955 Don't be that way Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88753 10/11/1955 Stompin' at the Savoy Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88754 10/11/1955 One o'clock jump Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88755 10/11/1955 And the angels sing Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88764 10/12/1955 Sometimes I'm happy Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88765 10/12/1955 Sing sing sing (with a swing) Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88766 10/13/1955 Let's dance Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88767 10/13/1955 Memories of you Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 88768 10/13/1955 Moonglow Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 51-75 of 161 records)


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