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 101-125 of 161 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||101636||2/13/1957||A little kiss each morning||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101637||2/13/1957||Do you ever think of me?||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101638||2/13/1957||I can't escape from you||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101639||2/14/1957||Don't worry 'bout me||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101640||2/14/1957||Just friends||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101641||2/14/1957||La Rosita||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101642||2/14/1957||Did I remember||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101643||2/20/1957||My reverie||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101644||2/20/1957||Picnic||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101645||2/20/1957||The night is young and you're so beautiful||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||101646||2/20/1957||I love you||Steve Allen Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||103051||8/7/1957||Gotta have something in the bank||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||103052||8/7/1957||The disc jockey's theme song||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||103053||8/8/1957||It had to be you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103054||8/8/1957||Playing the field||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103055||8/8/1957||Tea for two||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103056||8/8/1957||Give me the simple life||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103057||8/8/1957||Even Stephen||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103058||8/8/1957||Rose room||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103059||8/8/1957||Sweet Lorraine||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103060||8/8/1957||Steverino swings||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103061||8/8/1957||Electronic boogie||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103062||8/8/1957||Memories of you||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103063||8/8/1957||Careless||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
|Decca||103064||8/8/1957||On the Alamo||Steve Allen||instrumentalist, electric organ|
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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