December 20, 2014
Comedian Steve Rossi dies
LAS VEGAS — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favourite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died on Sunday at age 82.
The duo appeared regularly on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show. They also toured comedy clubs nationwide and headlined shows at major Las Vegas casinos in the 1960s until they split up in 1968, the newspaper reported.
They famously appeared on Ed Sullivan’s show multiple times with The Beatles.
“Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows,” Marty Allen told the Sun. “There wasn’t a talk show on TV that didn’t want Allen & Rossi.”
Rossi graduated from Loyola Marymount University, had a great sense of humour, was very creative and wrote music, including his hit More.
Herald with AP