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Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality
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Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Allen is called the Father of TV Talk Shows. Image File history File links This image is a book cover. ... Image File history File links This image is a book cover. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... The following tables list men and women described as father or mother of something. ...

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Steve is also known for bad mouthing on air, on his radio show, Greg Scott from ITV2's late night Quiz show Quizmania. Greg a.k.a. "Greggles" of course put up a fight against Allen live on air in the Quizmania studio with a statement consisting of "Im Greg Scott and im on National ITV1, you do your little show in the London area only, im going to give you some national exposure for a change" Greg Scott Greg Scott (born 6 March 1969) is a British television presenter. ... Quizmania is a late night interactive quiz show showing on ITV Play and ITV2. ... Quizmania is a late night interactive quiz show showing on ITV Play and ITV2. ...


Allen was born on St Stephen's Day (hence his first name) to Carroll Allen and Belle Montrose, Irish-American Catholics. Milton Berle once called Belle Montrose "the funniest woman in vaudeville." December 26, the day following Christmas Day, is called St. ... Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ...


After years in radio, Allen conceived a local New York talk-variety TV program in 1953 for what is now WNBC-TV. The following year, on September 27, 1954, the show went on the full NBC network as The Tonight Show, with fellow radio personality Gene Rayburn as the original announcer/sidekick. The show ran from 11:15 pm to 1:00 am on the East Coast. WNBC-TV, NBC4 is the flagship TV station of the NBC television network, with studios located in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. ... NBC, the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Tonight Show is NBCs long-running late-night talk and variety show, currently hosted by Jay Leno in Burbank, CA (near Los Angeles), and in 2009, Leno will step down, and hell be replaced by current Late Night host Conan OBrien. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy award-nominated American radio and television personality. ...


While Pat Weaver, the developer of The Today Show, is often credited as Tonight's creator as well, Allen often pointed out that the show had already been "created"—by himself—as a local show. Sylvester Pat Weaver (December 21, 1908 - March 17, 2002) was the father of actress Sigourney Weaver. ... Today is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ...


"This is Tonight, and I can't think of too much to tell you about it except I want to give you the bad news first: this program is going to go on forever," Allen told his nationwide audience that first evening. "Boy, you think you're tired now. Wait until you see one o'clock roll around."


Allen also joked that they selected the Hudson Theatre on 44th Street in Manhattan for the program because "I think it sleeps around 800 people."


It was as host of The Tonight Show that Allen pioneered the "man on the street" and audience-participation comedy bits that have become commonplace in late-night TV.


In 1956, while still hosting Tonight, Allen added a Sunday-evening variety show. The Allen programs helped nurture the careers of singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and Sammy Davis, Jr. Allen also provided a nationwide audience for his famous "man on the street"— comics such as Ernie Kovacs, Pat Harrington, Jr., Don Knotts, Louis Nye, Bill Dana, Dayton Allen, and Tom Poston. Steve Lawrence, born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York is an American singer and occasional actor. ... Eydie Gorme (real name Edith Gormezano) (born August 16, 1931 in The Bronx, New York City, United States), is an American singer, and wife of Steve Lawrence. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was a creative and innovative entertainer from the early days of television. ... Pat Harrington, Jr. ... Don Knotts in his thirties. ... Louis Nye (May 1, 1913 – October 9, 2005) was an American comedy-actor. ... Bill Dana Bill Dana (born October 5, 1924) is a comedian, writer, author, producer and composer, who was well-established in comedy writing before he created the character Jose Jimenez for the Steve Allen Show. ... Dayton Allen (September 24, 1919-November 11, 2004) was a comedian and voice actor born Dayton Allen Bolke. ... Tom Poston (born October 17, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American television and film actor. ...


Allen remained host of Tonight until 1957, when he left. (After an ill-fated nightlife-oriented replacement Tonight! America After Dark, the old Tonight format returned later in the year with Jack Paar at the helm.) Allen amassed a huge windfall for his work because he had opted to be paid in Polaroid stock. See also: 1956 in television, other events of 1957, 1958 in television and the list of years in television. // Events January 6 - Elvis Presley makes final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. ... Jacques Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American radio and television talk show host. ... Polaroid (a trademark of the Polaroid Corporation) is the name of a type of synthetic plastic sheet which is used to polarise light. ...


John Antonelli's 1985 documentary Kerouac, the Movie starts and ends with footage of Kerouac reading from On the Road as Allen accompanies on soft jazz piano, on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show in 1959. "Are you nervous?" Allen asks him, and Kerouac answers, nervously, "Naw."


In his introduction to Lenny Bruce on April 9, 1959, Allen gave a powerful warning: "We get a great deal of mail from our viewers commenting on our sketches, indicating their dislikes, and whether you realize it or not, there is just about no joke or sketch, particularly of a satirical sort, that will not offend somebody, a cowboy or a drunk. I don't want to equate those two; already I can see the cards coming in! Here is how we are going to face the problem, we have decided that once a month we will book a comedian who will offend everybody. Then, we'll get it over with, see? A man who will disturb a great many social groups. I'm serious, his satirical comments refer to many things not ordinarily discussed on TV; it serves you right. That way the NBC mail department will know in advance that complaints are coming in, they hire a few extra girls, and they get the answers ready, "We're very sorry, we didn't mean a thing", and the who thing is handled with neatness and dispatch. So, ladies and gentlemen, here is the very shocking comedian, the most shocking comedian of our time, a young man who is skyrocketing to fame, Lenny Bruce!" Arrested after impersonating a priest in 1951. ...


Allen went on to host a slew of television programs up until the 1980s, including the game show I've Got a Secret and The New Steve Allen Show in 1961. He was a regular on the extremely popular panel game show What's My Line? from 1953 to 1954 and returned as a guest panelist until the series' end in 1967. MacGyver is one of the symbols of 1980s The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 19, 1952... See also: 1960 in television, other events of 1961, 1962 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1961-62 American network television schedule. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Allen was also a composer who supposedly wrote over 7,000 songs. In one famous stunt, he made a bet with singer-songwriter Frankie Laine that he could write fifty songs a day for a week. Composing on public display in the window of a Hollywood music store, Allen met the quota, winning $1,000 from Mr. Laine. One of the songs "Let's Go to Church Next Sunday" was recorded by both Perry Como and Margaret Whiting. Allen's best known songs are "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" and "The Gravy Waltz," which won a Grammy Award in 1963 for best jazz composition. Allen was also an actor, appearing in such films as The Benny Goodman Story, starring as Benny Goodman, in 1955. A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Early Years collection features some of Laines Mercury recordings. ... Pierino Ronaldo Perry Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. ... Margaret Whiting on the cover of her 2000 collection The Complete Capitol Hits of Margaret Whiting Margaret Whiting (born July 22, 1924) was a traditional pop music singer in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina d... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the early 1920s in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Allen was also the producer of the award-winning PBS series Meeting of Minds, a "talk show" with notable historical figures, with Steve Allen serving as host. This series pitted Socrates, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Paine, Sir Thomas More, Attila the Hun, Karl Marx, Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, and other historical figures in dialogue and argument. A proposed revival of this show was rejected as "too cerebral." A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... Meeting of Minds was a television series created by Steve Allen which ran on PBS. The show featured guests who played significant roles in world history. ... This article is about the ancient Greek philosopher, for all other uses see: Socrates (disambiguation) Socrates ca. ... Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ... Thomas Paine Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809), intellectual, scholar, revolutionary, deist and idealist, is widely recognized as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. ... Portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478–6 July 1535), posthumously known also as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, author, and politician. ... Attila redirects here. ... Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818 Trier, Germany – March 14, 1883 London) was an immensely influential German philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. ... A young Emily Dickinson, sometime around 1846-1847, for a long time the only known photograph of her. ... In his lifetime Charles Darwin gained international fame as an influential scientist examining controversial topics. ... Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Giusto Sustermans. ...


He was also an accomplished comedy writer and author of over fifty books, including Dumbth, a commentary on the American educational system and Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality.


In 1990, Allen was a guest at Wrestlemania VI, which included him humerously singing to Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov in a bathroom at the Skydome, as well as guest commentating with Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura. WrestleMania VI was the sixth pay-per-view event, and the first WrestleMania to be held outside of the U.S. Its venue was the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) in Toronto, Canada, on April 1, 1990. ... Nikolai Volkoff (born Josip Peruzovic in October 1947) Although he portrayed a Russian as a wrestler, he was, in fact, from Croatia. ... Boris Zhukov Jim Darrel was a professional wrestler better known as Boris Zhukov. ... The Rogers Centre (until recently called SkyDome), which opened on June 1, 1989, is a huge ballpark in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Robert Gino Marella. ... Jesse The Body Ventura (born July 15, 1951, as James George Janos) was elected the 38th Governor of Minnesota on November 3, 1998, after a career as Navy SEAL, professional wrestler, actor, mayor, and radio talk show host. ...


Allen was a secular humanist and Humanist Laureate for the Academy of Humanism, a member of CSICOP and the Council for Secular Humanism. He was a student and supporter of general semantics, recommending it in Dumbth and giving the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in 1992. Allen was a supporter of world government and served on the World Federalist Association Board of Advisers. [1] ... The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, or CSICOP, is an organization formed to encourage open minded, critical investigation of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. ... The Council for Secular Humanism (originally the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, or CODESH) regards itself as the only exclusively secular humanist organization in the USA. In 1980 CODESH issued A Secular Humanist Declaration. ... General Semantics is a school of thought founded by Alfred Korzybski in about 1933 in response to his observations that most people had difficulty defining human and social discussions and problems and could almost never predictably resolve them into elements that were responsive to successful intervention or correction. ... The distinguished Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML) series was begun in 1952. ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) is a non-profit grassroots membership organization dedicated to promoting a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. ...


In spite of his liberal position on free speech, his later concerns about the smuttiness he observed on television caused him to make proposals restricting the content of programs, allying himself with the Parents Television Council. He was also notoriously contemptuous of rock 'n' roll music. On one occasion, in a spirit of not-so-subtle mockery, he had Elvis Presley wear a top hat and tails while singing "Hound Dog" to an actual hound, who was similarly attired. Allen also was known to "interpret" the lyrics of actual rock songs to his audience as little more than a series of grunts. Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what one pleases, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. ... The Parents Television Council (PTC) is a US-based nonprofit organization which aims to restore television to its roots as an independent and socially responsible entertainment medium. Although officialy nonpartisan, the group tends to be highly conservative. ...


Allen's second wife was actress Jayne Meadows, by whom he had one son. They were married from 1954 until his death in 2000. He died of a cardiac disease triggered by a previous minor traffic accident the same day (October 30, 2000) at the age of 78 and is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Meadows (b. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Nickname: City of Angels Official website: http://www. ...


Steve Allen has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: a TV star at 1720 Vine St. and a radio star at 1537 Vine St. An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ...


Shows

See also: 1949 in television, other events of 1950, 1951 in television and the list of years in television. // Events February 12 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) inaugurated. ... See also: 1951 in television, other events of 1952, 1953 in television and the list of years in television. // Events February 15 - The funeral of King George VI is televised in the UK. August 1 - First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based... The Tonight Show is NBCs long-running late-night talk and variety show, currently hosted by Jay Leno in Burbank, CA (near Los Angeles), and in 2009, Leno will step down, and hell be replaced by current Late Night host Conan OBrien. ... See also: 1953 in television, other events of 1954, 1955 in television and the list of years in television. // Events January 1 - NBC broadcasts the Rose Parade in NTSC color on 21 stations. ... See also: 1955 in television, other events of 1956, 1957 in television and the list of years in television. // Events January 28 - Elvis Presley makes his national television debut on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. ... NBC, the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... See also: 1954 in television, other events of 1955, 1956 in television and the list of years in television. // Events April 1 - The DuMont Television network drastically cuts back its programming. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... See also: 1952 in television, other events of 1953, 1954 in television and the list of years in television. // Events The BBCs Television Symbol, known as the bats wings by logo enthusiasts, first appeared in December this year. ... See also: 1953 in television, other events of 1954, 1955 in television and the list of years in television. // Events January 1 - NBC broadcasts the Rose Parade in NTSC color on 21 stations. ... See also: 1963 in television, other events of 1964, 1965 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1964-65 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1966 in television, other events of 1967, 1968 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1967-68 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1976 in television, other events of 1977, 1978 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1977-78 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1979 in television, other events of 1980, 1981 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1980-81 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1980 in television, other events of 1981, 1982 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1981-82 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1984 in television, other events of 1985, 1986 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1985-86 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television. ...

Songs

  • "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
  • "The Gravy Waltz"

Books

  • Bop Fables (1955)
  • Fourteen for Tonight (1955)
    • Short story collection
  • The Funny Men (1956)
  • Wry on the Rocks (1956)
    • Poetry
  • The Girls on the Tenth Floor and Other Stories (1958)
    • 1970 printing: ISBN 0836936086
  • The Question Man... (1959)
  • Mark It and Strike It: An Autobiography (1960)
  • Not All of Your Laughter, Not All of Your Tears (1962)
  • Dialogues in Americanism (1964)
  • Letter to a Conservative (1965)
  • The Ground is Our Table (1966)
  • Bigger Than A Breadbox (1967)
  • The Flash of Swallows (1969)
  • The Wake (1972)
    • ISBN 0385076088
  • Princess Snip-Snip and the Puppy-Kittens (1973)
  • Curses! or...How Never to Be Foiled Again (1973)
    • ISBN 0874770084
  • What To Say When It Rains (1974)
    • ISBN 0843103574
  • Schmock-Schmock! (1975)
    • ISBN 038509664X
  • Meeting of Minds (1978)
    • ISBN 0517533839
    • 1989 printing: ISBN 0879755504
  • Chopped-Up Chinese (1978)
  • Ripoff: A Look at Corruption in America (1979)
    • With Roslyn Bernstein and Donald H. Dunn
    • ISBN 0818402490
  • Meeting of Minds, Second Series (1979)
    • ISBN 0517538946
    • 1989 printing: ISBN 0879755652
  • Explaining China (1980)
    • ISBN 0517540622
  • Funny People (1981)
    • ISBN 0812827643
  • Beloved Son: A Story of the Jesus Cults (1982)
    • ISBN 0672526786
  • More Funny People (1982)
    • ISBN 0812828844
  • How to Make a Speech (1986)
    • ISBN 0070011648
  • How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic You (1987)
    • With Jane Wollman
    • ISBN 0070011990
    • 1992 printing: ISBN 0879757922
    • 1998 revised edition: ISBN 1573922064
  • The Passionate Nonsmoker's Bill of Rights: The First Guide to Enacting Nonsmoking Legislation (1989)
    • With Bill Adler, Jr.
    • ISBN 0688062954
  • "Dumbth": And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter (1989)
    • ISBN 0879755393
    • 1998 revised edition: ISBN 1573922374
  • Meeting of Minds, Vol. III (1989)
    • ISBN 0879755660
  • Meeting of Minds, Vol. IV (1989)
    • ISBN 0879755679
  • The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories (1990)
    • ISBN 0942637224
  • Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality (1990)
    • ISBN 0879756381
  • Hi-Ho, Steverino: The Story of My Adventures in the Wonderful Wacky World of Television (1992)
    • ISBN 0942637550
    • large-print edition: ISBN 1560545216
  • More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality (1993)
    • ISBN 0879757361
  • Make 'em Laugh (1993)
    • ISBN 0879758376
  • Reflections (1994)
    • ISBN 0879759046
  • The Man Who Turned Back the Clock, and Other Short Stories (1995)
    • ISBN 1573920029
  • The Bug and the Slug in the Rug (1995)
    • ISBN 1880851172
  • But Seriously...: Steve Allen Speaks His Mind (1996)
    • ISBN 1573920908
  • Steve Allen's Songs: 100 Lyrics with Commentary (1999)
    • ISBN 0786407360
  • Steve Allen's Private Joke File (2000)
    • ISBN 0609806726
  • Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio--Raising the Standards of Popular Culture (2001)
    • ISBN 1573928747

Allen's series of mystery novels "starring" himself and wife Jayne Meadows was actually ghostwritten by Walter J. Sheldon, and later Robert Westbrook) L. Brent Bozell III is the founder and president of the Media Research Center and president of the Parents Television Council. ... William F. Buckley William Frank Buckley Jr. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... James MacGregor Burns is a presidential biographer, authority on leadership studies and scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. ... Willmoore Kendall (1909-1968), Writer and Professor of Political Philosophy Born in 1909 to a blind minister in Oklahoma, Willmore Kendall learned to read at two, graduated from high school at 13 and college at 18, published his first book at 20. ... A ghostwriter is a writer who writes under someone elses name, with their consent. ...

  • Murder in Manhattan (1990)
    • ISBN 0821730339
  • Murder in Vegas (1991)
    • ISBN 0821734628
  • The Murder Game (1993)
    • ISBN 0821741152
  • Murder on the Atlantic (1995)
    • ISBN 0821746472
  • Murder on the Glitter Box (1989)
    • ISBN 0821727524
  • The Talk Show Murders (1982)
    • ISBN 0440084717
  • Wake Up to Murder (1996)
    • ISBN 1575660903
  • Die Laughing (1998)
    • ISBN 1575662418
  • Murder in Hawaii (1999)
    • ISBN 1575663759

Quote

"How many humanists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Ten: one to screw in the lightbulb and nine to fight for the right to do so!"


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1954 – 1957
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Steve Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1229 words)
Allen was also the producer of the award-winning PBS series Meeting of Minds, a "talk show" with notable historical figures, with Steve Allen serving as host.
Allen was a secular humanist and Humanist Laureate for the Academy of Humanism, a member of CSICOP and the Council for Secular Humanism.
Allen's second wife was actress Jayne Meadows, by whom he had one son.
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allen recorded frequently for coral, dot, roulette, emarcy, and decca during the peak of his tv fame and as late as 1992, taped an enjoyable mainstream set for concord jazz, plays jazz tonight..
steve allen, the zany comedian and witty social commentator whose career zipped at warp speed from one occupation to the next--from hosting the original tonight show to lecturing about morality to composing thousands of songs--died monday night at the home of his son, bill, in encino.
allen moved west for a job with hollywood radio station knx in 1948 and developed his now-famous routine of dabbling with the piano keys, chatting with his audience, commenting on his mail and improvising hijinks.
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