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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 126-150 of 161 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 103804 12/3/1957 Li'l darlin' Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103805 12/3/1957 Cherry point Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103806 12/3/1957 The kid from Red Bank Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103807 12/3/1957 Oh! What a night for love Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103808 12/4/1957 Banana split Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103809 12/4/1957 Lollypop Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103810 12/4/1957 The wayno Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103811 12/4/1957 Chug-a-lug Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103812 12/5/1957 Sure thing Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103813 12/5/1957 Coral reef Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103814 12/5/1957 Why not? Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103815 12/5/1957 Plymouth rock Steve Allen Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 104714 4/4/1958 You're so influential Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104715 4/4/1958 Blue moon Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104716 4/4/1958 I've got a crush on you Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104717 4/4/1958 Dancing on the ceiling Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104718 4/7/1958 On the sunny side of the street Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104719 4/7/1958 I'll tell the world Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104720 4/7/1958 Imagination Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104721 4/7/1958 When you're smiling Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104722 4/8/1958 But beautiful Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104723 4/8/1958 I could write a book Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104724 4/8/1958 Telling the others Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104725 4/8/1958 Day by day Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca 104919 5/1/1958 Opening blues Steve Allen Quintet instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 126-150 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.

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

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