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 151-161 of 161 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7407 10/14/1953 How can Santa come to Puerto Rico Ricky Vera instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 7408 10/14/1953 Can I wait up for Santa Claus Ricky Vera instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 8614 8/3/1955 Autumn leaves-1 (Les feuilles mortes) Steve Allen ; George Cates Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9448 8/7/1956 There's never been anyone else but you Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca L 9449 8/7/1956 Theme from Rebel without a cause Steve Allen vocalist  
Decca L 9468 8/17/1956 We'll never forget you, part 1 Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9469 8/17/1956 We'll never forget you, part 2 Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9470 8/17/1956 James Dean Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9471 8/17/1956 Jimmy, Jimmy Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9472 8/17/1956 Giant Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9473 8/17/1956 His name was Dean Steve Allen instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 151-161 of 161 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Steve," accessed February 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.

Allen, Steve. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200144.

"Allen, Steve." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 February 2023.

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