Wednesday, December 16, 2009


American television personality,musician,actor, comedian and writer Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was born on December 16, 1921. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' What's My Line?

Allen was also known as a prolific composer, having penned over 10,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme,Les Brown and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy Award in 1963 for best jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. Allen wrote more than 50 books and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Steve passed away on October 2000.
Steve Allen does "Cocktail for Two"
Reference - Wikipédia

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