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Tom Kubis Big Band Plays Steve Allen: Fast Cars & Fascinating Women

Steve Allen is best-known as first host of the “The Tonight Show.” But he’s also written 46 books and acted in films (The Benny Goodman Story). He’s written thousands of songs, including the “Picnic” theme, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” a strong score for the Broadway musical “Sophie,” and 19 songs for the TV musical, “Alice in Wonderland.” As a lyricist, he collaborated with Ray Brown (“Gravy Waltz”), Bob Haggart (“South Rampart Street Parade”), Duke Ellington, and Neal Hefti. His songs have been recorded by Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Louis Armstrong, Mel Torme, and Carmen McRae.

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