Written by
Bob Stumpel

February 12

Ray Charles Guesting In A Steve Allen Program (c 1962)

'62c TV Allen NM

Ad from 1962.

Steve Allen (1921 – 2000) was a brilliant TV maker, and one of the pioneers of the talk show phenomenon. He became the first host of the Tonight Show. After that, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including – in the 1960s – The Steve Allen Show, The New Steve Allen Show, and The Steve Allen Playhouse.

The New Steve Allen Show (1961 – 1965), taped in Hollywood at the Vine Street Theater, featured plenty of jazz and is the most probable environment for a guest appearance by Ray Charles, as it was mentioned in the Atlanta Daily World of 17 October 1963.

Who knows more about Ray’s contribution to the program?


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