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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 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  
(Results 76-100 of 161 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144

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