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Steve Allen collection

 Collection
Identifier: M122

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of a lead sheet for a song titled "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life," words and music by Steve Allen, and a single sheet of paper with the typed lyrics to the song.

Dates

  • 1980

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biographical Note on Steve Allen

Born in New York City on December 26, 1921, Steve Allen spent his early years traveling across the United States with his mother, the vaudeville comedienne Belle Montrose. He became a well-known author, pianist, comedian, and actor in his adult years. After working with CBS for four years, he became host of the NBC-TV Tonight Show, which became the model for late-night television shows, and later The Steve Allen Show. Steve Allen died in 2000.

A prolific, Grammy-winning composer, Allen was an admirer of Johnny Mercer's lyrics. After Mercer's death, his widow Ginger Mercer and Bill Harbach encouraged Mr. Allen to write a song to a title Mercer had created, "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life."

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Steve Allen (1921-2000) was a well-known author, pianist, comedian, composer, and actor. He was an admirer of Johnny Mercer's lyrics. After Mercer's death, his widow Ginger Mercer and Bill Harbach encouraged Allen to write a song to a title Mercer had created, "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life." This collection consists of a lead sheet and typed lyrics for Allen's "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life."

Acquisition Information

Donated by Steve Allen, November 15, 1999.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Johnny Mercer papers, 1885-1981 (M001)
  2. Johnny and Ginger Mercer papers, 1925-circa 1992 (M002)
  3. Johnny Mercer Oral History Project, 1970, 1995-1998, 2001-2002

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Please contact Special Collections for access.

Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection

  1. Your Wife Is the Love of My Life, by Murray Ross [Audiocassette]

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, May 15, 2000.

Creator

Title
Steve Allen:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
May 15, 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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