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Steve Allen

Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows at the 39th Emmy Awards in September 1987.
Born December 26, 1921(1921-12-26)
New York City, New York, USA
Died October 30, 2000 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse Dorothy Goodman 1943-1952; divorce, Jayne Meadows 1954-2000; his death

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian and writer, the first host of "The Tonight Show," and instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Allen is called the father of TV talk shows. Steve Allen may refer to: Steve Allen (comedian), the late American musician, comedian, and writer Steve Allen (LBC radio presenter), a presenter on the London-based talk radio station LBC 97. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 561 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 718 pixel, file size: 397 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Steve Allen (comedian... Jayne Meadows (b. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jayne Meadows (b. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although 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. ...

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Biography

Early life

Allen was born in New York City, the son of Isabelle (née Donohue), a vaudeville comedienne who performed under the name Belle Montrose, and Carroll Allen, a vaudeville performer who used the stage name Billy Allen.[1] Allen was raised on the southside of Chicago by his mother's Irish Catholic family. Milton Berle once called Allen's mother "the funniest woman in vaudeville". New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Belle Montrose, born Isabelle Donohue, (April 23, 1886-October 26, 1963) was an Irish-American actress and vaudeville performer. ... Irish Catholics are persons of predominantly Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ... Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an Emmy-winning American comedian who was born Milton Berlinger. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Allen's first radio job was on station KOY in Phoenix, Arizona after he left Arizona State Teachers' College (now Arizona State University) in Tempe, Arizona while still a sophomore. He enlisted in the US Army during World War II and was trained as an infantryman. He spent his service time at Camp Roberts, near Monterrey, California, and did not serve overseas. Allen returned to Phoenix before deciding to move back to California. Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public research institution of higher education and research with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ... Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated November 29, 1894 Government  - Mayor Hugh Hallman Area  - City  39. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, bicycles, or other means. ... The Customs House at Monterey View of Monterey Bay and its kelp A sea lion rookery at the marina Museum interior with ship models and equipment Kelp Forest display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey is a city near the Pacific coast in northern California. ...


Career

Allen became an announcer for KFAC in Los Angeles then moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1946, talking the station into airing a five night a week comedy show called "Smile Time", co-starring Wendell Noble. Allen had an opportunity to move to CBS Radio's KNX in Los Angeles and did so. His music and talk format gradually changed to include more talk to his half hour show, boosting his popularity and creating standing room only studio audiences. During one episode of the show, reserved primarily for an interview with Doris Day, his guest star failed to appear. Instead Allen picked up a microphone and went into the audience to ad lib for the first time.[2] In 1950 and for 13 weeks his show substituted for Our Miss Brooks, for the first time exposing Allen to a national audience. Allen next went to New York to work for TV station WCBS. KFAC was a commercial classical music radio station in Los Angeles, broadcasting on 1330 kHz AM, and 92. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) was an American radio network, in operation from 1934 to 1999. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... Ad libitum is Latin for at ones pleasure, often shortened to Ad lib. ... Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English...


He achieved national attention when he was pressed into service at the last minute to host Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts when its host was unable to appear. Allen turned one of Godfrey's live Lipton commercials upside down, preparing tea and instant soup on camera, then pouring both into Godfrey's ukulele. With the audience (including Godfrey watching from Miami) uproariously and thoroughly entertained, Allen gained major recognition as a comedian and host. Leaving CBS, he created a late-night 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 (who later went on to host hit game shows such as Match Game) as the original announcer. The show ran from 11:15 pm to 1:00 am on the east coast. Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts (also known as Talent Scouts) was a television variety show which ran on CBS from 1948 until 1958. ... In this CBS publicity photo of Arthur Godfrey Time, vocalist Patti Clayton is seen at the far right and Godfrey sits in the foreground. ... For people named Lipton, see Lipton (surname). ... WNBC-TV, NBC4 is the flagship TV station of the NBC television network, with studios located in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy-nominated American radio and television personality. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ...


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


It was as host of The Tonight Show that Allen pioneered the 'man on the street' interviews and audience-participation comedy breaks that have become commonplace on late-night TV. In 1956, while still hosting Tonight, Allen added a Sunday-evening variety show scheduled directly against The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS and Maverick on ABC. One of Allen's guests was comedian Johnny Carson, a future successor to Allen as host of The Tonight Show; among Carson's material during that appearance was a portrayal of how a poker game between Allen, Sullivan and Maverick star James Garner, all impersonated by Carson, would transpire. Allen's programs helped the careers of singers Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme who were regulars on his early Tonight Show, and Sammy Davis, Jr.. Also appearing on occasion were Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, despite Allen's personal distaste for Rock 'n Roll music. Allen also provided a nationwide audience for his famous 'man on the street' comics, such as Pat Harrington, Jr., Don Knotts, Louis Nye, Bill Dana, Dayton Allen and Tom Poston. The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Maverick is a comedy-western television series created by Roy Huggins that ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and featured James Garner, Roger Moore, and Jack Kelly as poker-playing travelling gamblers. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935) is an American singer, perhaps best known as a member of a duo with his wife Eydie Gormé. The two have appeared together since appearing regularly on Steve Allens The Tonight Show in the mid 1950s[1][2]. Lawrence is an actor as... 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. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Pat Harrington, Jr. ... Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Threes... 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 (October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007) was an American television and film actor. ...


Allen remained host of Tonight for three nights a week (Monday and Tuesday nights were taken over by Ernie Kovacs) until 1957, when he left the late-night show to devote his attention to the weekly program.[clarify] The 1985 documentary film, Kerouac, the Movie, starts and ends with footage of Jack Kerouac reading from On The Road as Allen accompanies on soft jazz piano, from The Steve Allen Plymouth Show in 1959. "Are you nervous?" Allen asks him; Kerouac answers nervously, "Naw." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. ... This article is about the novel On the Road. ...


Allen helped the recently invented Polaroid camera become popular by demonstrating its use in live commercials, and amassed a huge windfall for his work because he had opted to be paid in Polaroid Corporation stock. An instant camera is a type of camera with self-developing film. ... Polaroid Corporation was founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land. ...

Steve Allen (left) and Lenny Bruce
Steve Allen (left) and Lenny Bruce

From 1962 to 1964, Allen re-created the Tonight Show on a new late-night Steve Allen Show syndicated by Westinghouse TV. The show, taped in Hollywood, was marked by the same wild and unpredictable stunts, comedy skits that often extended down the street to a supermarket known as the Hollywood Ranch Market. He also presented Southern California eccentrics, including health food advocate Gypsy Boots and an early musical performance by Frank Zappa. One notable program which Westinghouse refused to distribute featured Lenny Bruce, during the time the comic was repeatedly being arrested on obscenity charges; footage from this program was first telecast in 1998 in a Bruce documentary aired on HBO. Regis Philbin took over hosting the Westinghouse show in 1964, but only briefly. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian and writer instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... Robert Gypsy Boots Bootzin (August 19, 1914 - August 8, 2004) was an American fitness pioneer. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ...


The theater in Hollywood was billed as the "Steve Allen Playhouse" at the corner of La Mirada and Vine, and was an old vaudeville theater. It was built in 1906, and was the theater where Bob Hope did his first stand-up act, and was also the theater for filming the "You Bet Your Life" program with Groucho Marx. During a renovation, the entire interior of the building was burned out, and it is now a mental health clinic.


The show also featured plenty of jazz played by Allen and members of the show's band, the Donn Trenner Orchestra, which included such virtuoso musicians as guitarist Herb Ellis and flamboyantly comedic hipster trombonist Frank Rosolino (whom Allen credited with originating the 'Hiyo!' chant later popularized by Ed McMahon). While the show was not an overwhelming success in its day, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Robin Williams and a number of other prominent comedians have cited Allen's 'Westinghouse show', which they watched as teenagers, as highly influential on their own comedic visions. Mitchell Herbert (Herb) Ellis (born in 1921) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Frank Rosolino (August 20, 1926 - November 26, 1978) was an American jazz trombonist. ... Edward Ed Peter Leo McMahon, Jr. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ... For the football player of the same name see Steve Martin (football player). ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ...


Allen later produced a second half-hour show for Westinghouse titled Jazz Scene which featured West Coast jazz musicians such as Rosolino, Stan Kenton and Teddy Edwards. The short-lived show was hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr.. Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) led a highly innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. ... Theodore Marcus Teddy Edwards (April 26, 1924 – April 20, 2003) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist based on the West Coast of the US. Edwards was born in Jackson, Mississippi. ... Oscar Brown, Jr, (October 10, 1926 – May 29, 2005), was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet and civil rights activist. ...


Allen hosted a number 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 popular panel game show What's My Line? (where he coined the popular phrase, "Is it bigger than a breadbox?") from 1953 to 1954 and returned as a regular panelist (after Fred Allen died in March, 1956) until the series ended in 1967. In 1977 he produced Steve Allen's Laugh-Back, a syndicated series combining vintage Allen film clips with new talk-show material reuniting his 1950s TV gang. He returned to network television in 1980 with The Steve Allen Comedy Hour on NBC. This page indexes the individual year in television pages. ... 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. ...


From 1986 through 1988, Allen hosted a daily 3-hour comedy show that was heard nationally on the NBC Radio Network, featuring sketches and America's best known comedians as regular guests. His co-host was radio personality Mark Simone, and they were joined frequently by comedy writers Larry Gelbart, Herb Sargent and Bob Einstein. This article is about the television network. ... Mark Simone is an American radio personality. ... Larry Gelbart (b. ... Herb Sargent (July 15, 1923-May 6, 2005) was an Emmy-winning television wrier and producer for such comedy shows as The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. ... Robert Einstein, better known as Bob Einstein (born November 20, 1942, in Los Angeles, California) is an actor and comedy writer best known for his portrayal of the fictional stuntman Super Dave Osborne. ...


Allen was 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 50 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 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. He also wrote lyrics for the standards "Picnic" and "South Rampart Street Parade". A composer is a person who writes music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. ... Pierino Ronald Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American crooner. ... 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. ... This Could Be the Start of Something (sometimes referred to as This Could Be the Start of Something Big) is a popular song. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // 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 dAmpezzo... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Picnic is a popular song, originally introduced in 1956 in the movie of the same name. ...


Allen was also an actor. He wrote and starred in his first film, the Mack Sennett compilation Down Memory Lane, in 1949. His most famous film appearance is in 1955's The Benny Goodman Story, in the title role. The film is applauded for its music, but widely derided for its one-dimensional and often wildly inaccurate representation of Goodman's career and personality. For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Mack Sennett (1880 - 1960) Mack Sennett (January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was an innovator of slapstick comedy in film. ...


From 1977 to 1981, Allen was the producer of the award-winning PBS series, Meeting of Minds — a "talk show" with actors playing the parts of notable historical figures, and Steve Allen as the host. This series pitted the likes of Socrates, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Paine, Sir Thomas More, Attila the Hun, Karl Marx, Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and Galileo Galilei in dialogue and argument. This was the show Allen wanted to be remembered for, because he believed that the issues and characters were timeless, and would survive long after his passing. However, Meeting of Minds did not prove to be a television evergreen: a proposed revival of the show was rejected as being "too cerebral".[citation needed] A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... 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. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... This page is about the ancient Greek philosopher. ... 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. ... For other persons of the same name, see Thomas Paine (disambiguation). ... 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 – March 14, 1883) was a 19th century philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. ... Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. ... For other people of the same surname, and places and things named after Charles Darwin, see Darwin. ... Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who is closely associated with the scientific revolution. ... 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. ...


Allen was a comedy writer, and author of more than 50 books, including Dumbth, a commentary on the American educational system, and Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality. He also wrote book-length commentaries on show-business personalities ('Funny People,' 'More Funny People').


Allen was also notoriously contemptuous of rock 'n' roll music, although he was showman enough to scoop Ed Sullivan by being one of the first to present Elvis Presley on network television (after Presley had appeared on the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Stage Show and Milton Berle shows). On this occasion, in a spirit of not-so-subtle mockery, he had Elvis 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. Sometimes he would recite nonsensical songs slowly, accompanied by soft music, as if they were Shakesperian sonnets, as in an oft-repeated clip featuring his reading of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (Gene Vincent meets Franklyn MacCormack). Other times he would adopt a stentorian tone, as in his pulpit-pounding recitation of "Shake Your Booty". Despite Allen's anti-rock perspective, Jerry Lee Lewis was so impressed by Allen as an individual that he named one of his sons after Allen. During the disco era, Allen took a similarly stentorian approach to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" ("Hot, hot, hot . . . stuff, stuff, stuff"). Ed Sullivan Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the emcee of a popular TV variety show called The Ed Sullivan Show that was at its height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Tommy Dorsey, in a publicity shot for The Big Apple Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. ... James Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader. ... Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an Emmy-winning American comedian who was born Milton Berlinger. ... Hound Dog is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton in 1952. ... Image:DianaHound. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Gene Vincent, real name Vincent Eugene Craddock, (February 11, 1935 - October 12, 1971) was an American rocknroll pioneer musician, best known for his hit Be-Bop-A-Lula. // His parents, Ezekiah Jackson and Mary Louise Craddock, were shop owners in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Franklyn MacCormack (March 8, 1906 - June 12, 1971) was a Chicago radio personality from the 1930s into the 1970s. ... (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty was a song recorded & released in 1976 by KC and the Sunshine Band for the album Part 3. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Hot Stuff is a hit single released by American disco singer Donna Summer in 1979 from her Bad Girls album through Casablanca Records. ...


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. Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Vine Street is a thoroughfare in Westminster London. ...


Personal life

Allen's second wife was actress Jayne Meadows, daughter of Christian missionaries, and sister to actress Audrey Meadows. The marriage of Allen and Meadows produced one son. They were married from 1954 until his death in 2000. Allen had three children, Steve Allen Jr., Brian Allen, and David Allen, from an earlier marriage that ended in divorce. Jayne Meadows (b. ... Audrey Meadows (February 8, 1926 – February 3, 1996), born Audrey Cotter, was an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for playing the deadpan housewife, Alice Kramden in the 1950s American television comedy, The Honeymooners. ...


Despite his Catholic upbringing, 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.[3] In spite of his liberal position on free speech, his later concerns about the smuttiness he saw on radio and television, particularly the programs of Howard Stern, caused him to make proposals restricting the content of programs, allying himself with the Parents Television Council. Coincidentally, his full-page ad on the subject appeared in newspapers a day or two before his unexpected death. Allen had been making speeches in which he referred to himself as an "involved Presbyterian". ... 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. ... It has been suggested that World Federation be merged into this article or section. ... 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. ... 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... This article is about the general concept. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... The Parents Television Council (PTC) is a US-based self-proclaimed nonpartisan[1], nonprofit organization founded by conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III whose stated goal is to promote and restore responsibility to the entertainment industry. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ...


Allen survived a bout with colon cancer in 1986 and continued to star in nightclubs and television. He died at age 78 on October 30, 2000 of heart failure triggered by a traffic accident earlier that day in which he suffered several broken ribs, one of which punctured a lung. Allen is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills, in Los Angeles. Diagram of the stomach, colon, and rectum Colorectal cancer includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ...


Shows

he enjoys walking in the park and he loves people!!1 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. ... 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. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The year 1954 in television involved some significant events. ... This article is about the television network. ... See also: 1961 in television, other events of 1962, 1963 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1962-63 American network television schedule. ... 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: 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. ... The year 1968 in television involved some significant events. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... The year 1974 in television involved some significant events. ... 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. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ...


Songs

The Theme from Picnic is a popular song, originated in the 1956 movie Picnic. ... This Could Be the Start of Something (sometimes referred to as This Could Be the Start of Something Big) is a popular song. ... A cover of the Saturday Evening Post from 1903 The Saturday Evening Post was a weekly magazine published in the United States from August 4, 1821 to February 8, 1969. ...

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 0-8369-3608-6
  • 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 0-385-07608-8
  • Princess Snip-Snip and the Puppy-Kittens (1973)
  • Curses! or... How Never to Be Foiled Again (1973)
    • ISBN 0-87477-008-4
  • What To Say When It Rains (1974)
    • ISBN 0-8431-0357-4
  • Schmock-Schmock! (1975)
    • ISBN 0-385-09664-X
  • Meeting of Minds (1978)
    • ISBN 0-517-53383-9
    • 1989 printing: ISBN 0-87975-550-4
  • Chopped-Up Chinese (1978)
  • Ripoff: A Look at Corruption in America (1979)
    • With Roslyn Bernstein and Donald H. Dunn
    • ISBN 0-8184-0249-0
  • Meeting of Minds, Second Series (1979)
    • ISBN 0-517-53894-6
    • 1989 printing: ISBN 0-87975-565-2
  • Explaining China (1980)
    • ISBN 0-517-54062-2
  • Funny People (1981)
    • ISBN 0-8128-2764-3
  • Beloved Son: A Story of the Jesus Cults (1982)
    • ISBN 0-672-52678-6
  • More Funny People (1982)
    • ISBN 0-8128-2884-4
  • How to Make a Speech (1986)
    • ISBN 0-07-001164-8
  • How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic You (1987)
    • With Jane Wollman
    • ISBN 0-07-001199-0
    • 1992 printing: ISBN 0-87975-792-2
    • 1998 revised edition: ISBN 1-57392-206-4
  • The Passionate Nonsmoker's Bill of Rights: The First Guide to Enacting Nonsmoking Legislation (1989)
    • With Bill Adler, Jr.
    • ISBN 0-688-06295-4
  • "Dumbth": And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter (1989)
    • ISBN 0-87975-539-3
    • 1998 revised edition: ISBN 1-57392-237-4
  • Meeting of Minds, Vol. III (1989)
    • ISBN 0-87975-566-0
  • Meeting of Minds, Vol. IV (1989)
    • ISBN 0-87975-567-9
  • The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories (1990)
    • ISBN 0-942637-22-4
  • Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality (1990)
    • ISBN 0-87975-638-1
  • Hi-Ho, Steverino: The Story of My Adventures in the Wonderful Wacky World of Television (1992)
    • ISBN 0-942637-55-0
    • large-print edition: ISBN 1-56054-521-6
  • More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality (1993)
    • ISBN 0-87975-736-1
  • Make 'em Laugh (1993)
    • ISBN 0-87975-837-6
  • Reflections (1994)
    • ISBN 0-87975-904-6
  • The Man Who Turned Back the Clock, and Other Short Stories (1995)
    • ISBN 1-57392-002-9
  • The Bug and the Slug in the Rug (1995)
    • ISBN 1-880851-17-2
  • But Seriously...: Steve Allen Speaks His Mind (1996)
    • ISBN 1-57392-090-8
  • Steve Allen's Songs: 100 Lyrics with Commentary (1999)
    • ISBN 0-7864-0736-0
  • Steve Allen's Private Joke File (2000)
    • ISBN 0-609-80672-6
  • Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio—Raising the Standards of Popular Culture (2001)
    • ISBN 1-57392-874-7

Allen's series of mystery novels "starring" himself and wife Jayne Meadows were in part ghostwritten by Walter J. Sheldon, and later Robert Westbrook Leo Brent Bozell, Jr. ... This article is about the conservative journalist and commentator. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... James MacGregor Burns is a presidential biographer, authority on leadership studies, Woodrow Wilson Professor (emeritus) of Political Science at Williams College, and scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. ... Willmoore Kendall (1909-1968) was an American conservative writer and Professor of political philosophy. ... For other uses, see Ghostwriter (disambiguation). ...

  • The Talk Show Murders (1982)
    • ISBN 0-440-08471-7
  • Murder on the Glitter Box (1989)
    • ISBN 0-8217-2752-4
  • Murder in Manhattan (1990)
    • ISBN 0-8217-3033-9
  • Murder in Vegas (1991)
    • ISBN 0-8217-3462-8
  • The Murder Game (1993)
    • ISBN 0-8217-4115-2
  • Murder on the Atlantic (1995)
    • ISBN 0-8217-4647-2
  • Wake Up to Murder (1996)
    • ISBN 1-57566-090-3
  • Die Laughing (1998)
    • ISBN 1-57566-241-8
  • Murder in Hawaii (1999)
    • ISBN 1-57566-375-9

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!"


Jack LaLanne on his talk show: "I don't believe in vitamins". Allen: "But I've seen them!" This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


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Preceded by
Host of The Tonight Show
1954 – 1957
Succeeded by
Jack Paar

 
 

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