An Outpouring of Love for Steve Rossi From Around the World

Steve Rossi 1932 – 2014

Goodbye Steve

 

Steve Rossi passed away peacefully at 1:50 pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014.  He was surrounded by family and friends. His dear wife Karma held his hand as he left this world. Steve was at peace.  We choose to remember Steve for the bold wonderful life he lived, rather than the illness that brought his exit. steve and karma

What Steve wanted everyone to know is that he loves them.

Steve loved Las Vegas. He could have lived anywhere in the whole wide world, and certainly had the offers – Vegas was his home.

Steve loved his many dear performers throughout Las Vegas. He always made time to see not only the big acts, but the small acts too.  Steve performed  up until 6 weeks before he passed away. His last large audience was a full room at the LVH on February 28th. He sang his last song at Piero’s with Pia Zadora before he got sick.

His family does see his many tributes on social media and the kind thoughts do warm our hearts.

Steve’s family thanks the Infinity Hospice Care team for the wonderful care and support they offered at this difficult time. His room was a beautiful restful space for everyone to say their final farewell. Care was taken to ensure Steve had tremendous dignity in his final days. Steve believed in hospice care and made this choice for himself. We hope that his courage to be public about this decision offers some hope to other families one day faced with this choice.

Steve’s final arrangements are with Kraft Sussman funeral home of Las Vegas.  We extend our gratitude for their efforts to work with him while he was still here to plan for his services.  Tentatively his services will be held on Friday, June 27th in Las Vegas. Final arrangements once they are made will be posted.

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Prayers Requested for Steve Rossi

The family of Steve Rossi wish to thank the Las Vegas community and the world for the outpouring of love and well wishes. dean martin and steve rossi motion

 

Steve has enjoyed a large life of many adventures and the love of great friends.

This chapter of Steve’s eternal life is coming to a peaceful end surrounded by those close to him.

His family asks at this time for privacy. Steve will be unable to visit with any further guests.

Your prayers for a peaceful transition to heaven are all we request at this time.

_________ Please direct media inquiries to Mr. Rossi’s secretary Christine Kramar at LegendarySteveRossi@Gmail.com

What Happened When the Two Greatest Straight Men – Dean Martin and Steve Rossi Got Together on One Stage

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Check out one of Steve’s favorite performances with Marty Allen on the Dean Martin special.  Please enjoy the Lion Tamer routine.

In Memory of Eydie Gorme

From Steve Rossi:

A very sad day in my life to hear that she passed away. I knew her for many many years. I always considered her one of the greatest singers of all time.

I also love my friend Steve Lawrence. He too is a great singer.

I send my condolences to Steve and their families.

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Eydie’s Full Episode on Carol Burnett Show

 

Slideshow of Albums from Steve Rossi

Steve was a hit on vinyl. Check out a slide show of his albums.

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Steve Rossi and Las Vegas’ Finest Celebrities will Roast Former Mayor Oscar Goodman on July 23rd

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Steve is thrilled to be among the A list entertainers who will lend their humor to the ShowBiz Roast of Oscar Goodman on July 23rd at the Stratosphere.

As a performer with over 50 years of roasting other entertainers you can bet Steve will bring in the brutal tongue and cheek revelations you expect to hear about his friend Oscar Goodman. You may recall that Steve and Marty were roasted at the Friars club of New York in 1965. 

Get your tickets from the Stratosphere box office online today.  

This event is a benefit for Oscar Goodman’s charity Miracle League of Las Vegas. 

 

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New Clip – Dean Martin Show Performance by Steve Rossi of In My Lonely Room

It is always such a joy to find new videos posted by fans from Steve’s career.  This one is a performance of “In My Lonely Room” on the Dean Martin Show. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Steve Rossi Helps Tell the Story of Working in the Catskills

catskillsAllen and Rossi got their start as well as many happy returns in the Catskills mountains.  Steve is a featured interview talking about his days on the circuit. Steve shared his memories of coming back to the Concord Hotel with Mary Allen. The book has a great picture of a young Steve and Marty.

Steve also is quoted on his thoughts that if an act could make it in the Catskills they could make it anywhere.

The Legendary Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi was half of the world famous comedy team of Allen and Rossi. At the age of 6, he appeared in Going My Way with Bing Crosby, The Jolson Story and over 30 movies.

At 16, Steve received a scholarship to The University of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, arts and theater and in Latin and Greek.

In 1954 Steve co-starred with Mae West in her sold out concerts all over America.

Steve served in the United States Air Force both in the reserve unit at Loyola Marymount University and on active duty at Parks Air Force base.  He was discharged from the service in May 1957 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served as a personnel officer. Throughout his career active duty military were always given free admission to his shows.

Steve Rossi and Mae West in Las Vegas 1954. All rights reserved copyright Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi and Mae West in Las Vegas 1954.
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Steve Rossi teamed up with Marty Allen in 1957 where they became America’s #1 comedy team.They appeared on over 700 television shows including 44 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show 3 of which were with the Beatles in 1964. Other shows he guest starred on were Perry Como, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Steve Rossi and Marty Allen with the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

DERE_1Allen and Rossi were also regular guests stars on “What’s My Line“, “Hollywood Squares“, “Password” and numerous other game shows. They also starred in several Paramount films notably The Last of the Secret Agents with Nancy Sinatra and Ed Sullivan as guest stars.

The film is shown worldwide and has been the movie of the week on Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and 11 appearances (a record) on American Move Classics. Most recently September 21, 1999.

Steve Rossi produced and starred in The 25th Anniversary Allen and Rossi Special with special guest stars Engelbert Humperdinck, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Redd Foxx, Martin Sheen, Ernie Borgnine, Rich Little, Jack Jones and Tony Orlando.

Steve has produced 11 comedy albums and eight singing albums on such labels as RCA and Columbia. Steve sold 2 million copies of his hit record “More”, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Enjoy listening to Steve’s hits on his Last.fm station. 

On May 20th 1999, Steve Rossi was inducted into the Show Business Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1999, Steve celebrated his 50th year in show business.

Steve continued to work up until his death on June 22, 2014. He enjoyed writing with his friend Rich Little and stopping by Pia’s Place inside Piero’s Restaurant to belt out a few tunes. He was proud to make Las Vegas his home. No other place in the world could he be surrounded by so many lovely talented people who cared for him in his sunset years.

In his later years Steve continued to enjoy attending performances throughout Las Vegas.  The last year of his life he performed at charity benefits and continued to write every single day.

We will remember Steve for the bold beautiful life he enjoyed on this earth.  At the end of his life he was diagnosed with cancer which had spread to several areas of his body. Due to his age and weakened condition there were no treatment options available.  Steve reached the brave decision with the support of his wife, family, and friends to enter hospice care. He lived only 10 days after his diagnosis. Steve’s family would like to thank Infinity Hospice care of Nevada for their tremendous support during this difficult and confusing time. The end of his life he had the blessing of time to say goodbye to those he loved, and we had the gift to know how much we are loved.

Steve Rossi on the Morning Blend

Thank you Channel 13 Las Vegas for having Steve Rossi on Friday, December 14th 2012. Click on the image below to view the full clip. 

Steve shared his memories of Mae West. He also talked about his show Rich Little’s Jimmy Stewart and Friend which he co-wrote and is there 5 night a week as the director of the show. Rossi on the Morning BlendDuring the broadcast the interview was interrupted for coverage of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Steve has those families affected by this unthinkable tragedy in his prayers.

The Original Batman and Rubin – Allen and Rossi

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Take heed Comic Con geeks the original spoof of Batman was done by Allen & Rossi.

Wouldn’t you love to see it at next years Comic Con?

Steve is working to re-release this album so that a new generation of Batman fans can enjoy the laughs he had in creating the original album.

Check out this fan article about the album on Way Out Junk.  And yes the album is much funnier if you understand the Jewish references.

Here’s the track list:

  1. Rubin’s Dream
  2. Enter Batman
  3. Enter Commissioner Gordon
  4. Enter the Penguin
  5. At the Discotheque
  6. Enter the Catwoman
  7. Enter the Riddler
  8. A Clue
  9. Batman and Rubin Meet the Riddler
  10. Rubin Awakes 

This album was also featured at the exhibition Jews on Vinyl in 2009 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.  Check out the picture from the exhibit.

Don’t forget that in Las Vegas you can get your copy autographed after attending a Steve Rossi or a Marty Allen show!

MicroBrewed Reviews Remembers Last of the Secret Agents!

Steve Rossi would like the world to know that had the studio listened to he and Marty about the script it would have been a MUCH funnier film.

Yet it is still marvelous to be remembered for the film because few men have been as lucky as to have worked on a film with the gorgeous Nancy Sinatra!

Check out the blog post at MicroBrewed Reviews.  

Classic Television Showbiz Blog Interviews with Steve Rossi

Check out the interviews of Steve on the Classic Television and showbiz blog. This is a great insight into Steve’s career that may surprise those who think they know everything about his rise to fame.

Steve Rossi Interview Part One 

Topics Include: Joe E. Ross, Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange, Lee Hazlewood, Marty Allen, Telly Savalas, Cindy Williams, Slappy White, Phil Foster, Norm Crosby, Mitch DeWood, the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen, Break up of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Danny Aiello, Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, Harry Crane, Gene Baylos,

Steve Rossi Interview Part Two 

Topics Include: Working with Mae West, Arthur Godfrey, Trini Lopez, Slappy White, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Batman and Rubin, Bob Kane, The Man From O.R.G.Y., Real Gone Girls, Howard Stern, the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen,

The Ed Sullivan Show – LIVE from Las Vegas Special 1968

Steve appeared in a historic on the road episode of the Ed Sullivan show in March 1968. This program usually broadcast live from New York but made a special trip in March 1968 to feature Ceasars Palace in color.

 

When it was Big News that the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas Would Have 27 Floors

Seems quaint today that it once made international news that the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas was going to have a casino on the 27th floor. Of course Allen and Rossi were part of the big story.