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Allen & Rossi - Allen & Rossi Tell The Truth About The Green Horn-Nut & Ca-Toe 1966

On: Monday, May 6, 2013

Marty Allen
Morton David Alpern
Mar 23 1922 -
Steve Rossi
Joseph Charles Tafarella
Los Angeles, California USA
1928 or 1932 -

In the early 1960s the most popular double act in America was Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. Almost overnight they inherited the mantle of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis as the country’s favourite Italian singer and his goofball offsider, and were much in demand at Las Vegas nightclubs and on television programmes like The Ed Sullivan Show.
The pair met in 1959 when 37-year-old Allen was Nat King Cole’s opening act... Rossi (ten years younger than his partner) had previously worked as a straight man in a revue starring Mae West. Fans everywhere delighted at Marty’s crazy antics as a punch-drunk boxer, a spaced-out astronaut and even a Playboy Bunny.
The duo’s best-known routine featured Rossi as interviewer to all the famous names in the news. No matter which politi­cian, movie star or headline-maker Allen would be playing, his greeting would invariably be the unlikely “hello, dere”, a catchphrase that would become their trademark. It also served as the title of their first record album, which caused a smash when released in 1962.
The pair produced a number of discs as the decade rolled on . . . they also starred in a movie The Last Of The Secret Agents, which unfortunately was not a success. By the time of its release in 1966 their popularity had begun to wane, and they decided to go their separate ways.
Allen appeared on his own on game shows such as Hollywood Squares, while Rossi teamed with a succession of partners like ex-Bilko and Car 54, Where Are You? funnyman Joe E. Ross and later Slappy White. In the early 1970s he even performed with a comic named Bernie Allen (to enable the act to be billed Allen And Rossi) but none of the pairings was suc­cessful.
Marty and Steve eventually reunited in 1983 for a series of casino appearances at Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and for a time recaptured a portion of their earlier success.
Also featuring Sterling Yates and Sharon Dale.
Steve Rossi, Marty Allen

01 Friday Nites on TV Station BUG 1:25
02 Gung Fu 1:51
03 The Horn-Nut's Weapon 1:26
04 Office of the DA 2:09
05 How the Green Horn-Nut Really Started 0:42
06 The Horn-Nut Hummm 1:10

07 The Green Horn-Nut Takes His Army Physical 2:11
08 Buying the Black Beauty 2:08
09 Crisis At the Daily Centinul 1:22
10 Green Horn-Nut's Driving Lesson 2:22
11 The Ca-toe and Green Horn-Nut Weather Report 0:50
12 The Case Of the Missing Gems 1:59
13 Green Horn-Nut Has Tax Problems 1:32

Roulette LP 507
Their other albums on this blog are HERE
Dedicated To Our Armed Forces 1967
(Bernie) Allen & Rossi - According To Allen & Rossi, Sex Is 1973


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