Squirrel Hill's Marty Allen: A Video Overview

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:18 AM Written by 

 

Marty Allen came a long way from Squirrel Hill to the fame he enjoyed for decades with his straight man, singer-comic Steve Rossi. Allen credited Nat King Cole with putting the two of them together in 1957, a year after another duo that thrived on that formula, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, parted ways.  Allen and Rossi gained ample notice for appearing with the Beatles on two of their Ed Sullivan Show appearances, one in 1964, the other in 1965.

They appeared on Sullivan a total of 44 times but even before that, built a reputation in clubs and guest in on other TV variety shows popular in the 50's and 60's.

Early 60's The Garry Moore Show

April 6, 1960: The Kraft Music Hall Starring Perry Como

Mid 60's: The Dean Martin Show

The pair initially parted ways in 1968, Allen finding a new career as a regular on quiz shows like Hollywood Squares before reuniting in the early 80's

1983: Allen & Rossi 25th Anniversary Special in Vegas The duo reunited and did shows occasional shows together until 1994.

When he wasn't performing with Rossi, Allen had a second act, this one with wife Karon Kate Blackwell, who he married in 1984. She had originally performed with Allen and Rossi in the 80's. Onstage, with Allen she sang and played "straight woman" to his comedy until nearly the end. Steve Rossi died in 2014.

2017: Allan at 95, on the subject of aging

 

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