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Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen And the Original Tonight Show Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 3, 2005
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A decade ago, the Lounge revival in music inspired a healthy reassessment of artists like Louie Prima, Keely Smith, as well as towering icons as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. It is intriguing to read about performers who were every bit as spontaneous, witty and jazzy as the rat packers; but who were from another world - that of New York City when high culture was still vibrant, every other layer of culture had its own appealing energy; and central to it all was nightlife. Many of the most stimulating artists of the 20th century appeared on Allen's prototypical Tonight Show. Jazz immortals like Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Thelonius Monk did extended sets.Read more ›
I beleive that this book will not only remind older readers why they enjoyed Steve Allen & Company (what company!) but young readers will be left with a new appreciation of all those who have followed. It won't be long into this book before you realize that Leno, Letterman & Conan and many others did learn from the master.. Steve Allen.
The musical talents that were part of this show from the beginning all went on to long successful careers. This powerful musical ensemble included Doc Severinsen, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme' and Andy Williams...
In Summary: A must read book will remind us how much enjoyment Steve Allen brought to our era and bring a hightened appreciation for all the shows that have followed.
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Tonight Show Fans, AND Steve Allen fans will LOVE this book. History of how the show began, and the exceptional talent of Steve.Published 2 months ago by Ted Wise
I remember watching the Steve Allen show when I was a kid. I loved it of course so I was pleased to find this book. I ordered the Kindle version and read it in two nights. Read morePublished 6 months ago by vicky
As a youngster in 1950s, I grew up with Steve Allen. I would watch his Sunday night show along with my parents and younger sister. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RJHartman
Thanks you for the good service. Book received as advertised. Very enjoyable and funny book.Published 13 months ago by Yankee fan
generally speaking, i'm not into gossip and behind-the-scenes dirt. but i would have liked some of that stuff in this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles O'Meara
For someone who watched Steve Allen, particularly as a boy of eleven or twelve during his Westinghouse late night show, this book was wonderful and confirmed all the great memories... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David W.