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Steve Allen:

A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

May 15, 2000



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Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 24, 2009.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Allen, Steve, 1921-2000.
Title:Steve Allen collection
Dates: 1980
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
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."
Identification: M122
LanguageEnglish.

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.


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."


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Allen, Steve, 1921-2000--Archives
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Lyricists--United States
Popular music--United States--1971-1980--Lead sheets
sheet music

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], Steve Allen Collection, M122, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Steve Allen, November 15, 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton Christine de Catanzaro, May 15, 2000.


Separated Material

Separated material: An audio cassette containing a performance of "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life" by Murray Ross was separated to the Popular Music Collection Sound Recordings.


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