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 76-100 of 161 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||88769||10/13/1955||King Porter stomp||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88786||10/20/1955||Don't tell me not to love you||Pat Kirby||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88787||10/20/1955||Happiness is a thing called Joe||Pat Kirby||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88864||11/4/1955||Memories of you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||88865||11/4/1955||What is a wife?||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89498||3/12/1956||My Nita (Juanita)||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89499||3/12/1956||Theme from Picnic||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89641||3/29/1956||Fools||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89642||3/29/1956||Magic star||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89643||3/29/1956||I never should have told you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89644||3/29/1956||What is a freem?||Steve Allen ; Jayne Meadows||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89645||3/29/1956||Can I wait up for Santa Claus?||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89646||3/29/1956||What is a woman?||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89647||3/29/1956||Love is young||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89648||3/29/1956||The girl in the grey flannel||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89649||3/29/1956||That I don't love you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89650||3/29/1956||Do you remember me?||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89651||3/29/1956||With you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||89652||3/29/1956||All life through||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||100230||7/2/1956||Lola's theme||Steve Allen||vocalist|
|Decca||100231||7/2/1956||The golden wedding waltz||Steve Allen||vocalist|
|Decca||100232||7/2/1956||Conversation (on the telephone)||Steve Allen||vocalist|
|Decca||100233||7/2/1956||Tango moon||Steve Allen||vocalist|
|Decca||100234||7/2/1956||Star dust||Steve Allen||vocalist|
|Decca||101635||2/13/1957||I can dream, can't I?||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Steve," accessed February 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.
Allen, Steve. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.
"Allen, Steve." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 February 2023.
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