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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 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  
(Results 101-125 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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