Thank You for a Beautiful Service in Memory of Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi Prayer Card

A man concerned about details until the end Steve wrote his own prayer card.

Thank you to all who came to and those who sent their wishes to Steve Rossi’s memorial service on June 27th, 2014. Steve would have been touched to see how our community came together to honor his legacy.

Steve’s vigil opened with his friend and brother-in-law  Bob O’Brien warming up the crowd.  He shared some sweet memories of Steve’s tenacity to get himself discovered in show business.

The formal service when silence fell upon the chapel started with Steve’s grand daughter Gabriella singing the first verse of the Nat King Cole song: Smile.

 

Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by

If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

This song was a remembrance of how it was Nat King Cole who had believed in the comedy chemistry of Allen and Rossi.  He paid them $5000 to put together the act. Steve for the rest of his life acknowledged the debt of gratitude he had for Nat King Cole for making Allen & Rossi the big act they had become.

Steve’s daughter Gina Rembert delivered a beautiful speech about sharing her father with the world. She loved him dearly. She also read a letter from her brother Dean.  This was followed by Steve’s stepdaughter Tiffany Stevens who spoke about the special love Steve has for his wife Karma.

The service continued with remembrances from Steve’s friends. Marty Allen gave a deeply touching speech about his love for Steve over their many years together. Pia Zadora sang “I’m gonna miss you” as a send off to Steve.

Rich Little did what he does best and got us to laugh while honoring how Steve’s talents had contributed to his act, “When I found out I had to do this speech the first thing I wanted to do was call Steve and ask if he had any ideas on how to make it more funny. Then I realized I don’t know his area code.” Dennis McAllister spoke of his friendship with Steve and traveling together. Frankie Scinta shared his love of Steve. The vigil closed with Clint Holmes singing Steve’s hit “More” as we all stood for one last standing ovation as Steve’s casket left the vigil to be blessed by his priest.

Steve had desired a traditional mass which continued after the vigil presentation.  He received full rites in the church. His priest Father Ron spoke about how he had come to know Steve over the last several years. He said that Steve loved bright colors and would have been at home at the Electric Daisy Carnival which gave us all a good laugh. Most importantly he spoke of Steve as the deeply spiritual man who cared tremendously for others.

At the graveside Steve received full military honors presented by the Air Force honor guard. Steve was tremendously proud of his military service and had been the American Legion’s Veteran of the year in 1966.  The presentation of his flag to his widow was tremendously touching.

Father Ron blessed Steve one last time at the graveside. We were tremendously grateful for the care he had shown to Steve throughout this journey.

Goodbye Steve

 

Steve’s family would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with Steve’s Memorial Service:

Father Ron – Thank you Father Ron with St Christopher Church of North Las Vegas for coming to do Steve’s service. Father Ron got to know Steve many years ago when he was the priest at St. Joseph. The two went out to lunch many times and when it came time for Steve to prepare his living will it was Father Ron whom discussed the many details and how they aligned with their deep faith. It was touching that Father Ron mentioned during the mass the many times they had challenging spiritual discussions and how Steve invited him to lunch after he received blessing in the hospital.  We know today Steve was speaking of another table they will one day be at together. Father Ron attended to every one of Steve’s spiritual needs which has left us with a sense of tremendous peace and gratitude for his service.

Christine Kramar – Steve’s personal assistant whom worked for him the last 4 years of his life. The last 2 years of his life she worked with Steve to prepare for this time and was instructed how to carry out his final wishes. She ran back and forth the last week ensuring every final detail was attended to during this time of need. She managed Steve’s website, social media, press contacts, marketing, business matters, script writing, editing, and most of all helping Steve at events. His service was their last gig together.   A good assistant for the most part remains invisible to let the star shine which is a talent for which Christine excelled.

St Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church – We want to thank the parishioners, staff, and clergy of the church of Steve’s spiritual home. Ushers came in to volunteer for his service and assist with communion. The music at his mass was beautiful. Greg Sinclair the funeral director was tremendously helpful in navigating the necessary balance in Steve’s service to remain observant to his final wishes in respect to the church while celebrating his colorful life.  Greg was a comfort to Steve’s widow as we prepared for his final liturgy singing to us passages and contemplating their spiritual meaning.

Kraft Sussman Funeral Home - This family owned business was extremely courteous to Steve both before his death when he was concerned about planning in advance on a tight budget. They were there for his family when his health took a  turn for the worst. We would like to personally thank Laura Sussman for helping us to find the lovely hospice facility which helped us care for Steve in his final days. Every detail was attended to in order to ensure dignity and respect for both Steve and his family.  At the time we called on them that he had passed the driver was tremendously kind giving us one last moment before he left to hold hands and say a prayer over his body. We never once felt rushed through this experience a gift we shall always appreciate.  At the service staff anticipated our every need; yet empowered his widow to make choices she wanted to respect his memory.  We never would have made it through this difficult time without them.

Infinity Hospice – We want to thank Sharon Tolen-Lund for the personalized attention she paid to Steve when he needed it most. Sharon came to Steve’s bedside in the hospital and explained what their facility offers to Steve and his family. Steve had asked in advance for hospice care, and his daughter Gina is a hospice nurse, but to have someone come and show us what to expect was an extra reassurance important to us at that time. She transported Steve within 20 minutes to get him out of the loud hospital environment he wanted to escape. The facility itself is beautiful, peaceful, and had the quiet Steve wanted. There was space in his room to visit, and even a bed to sleep there overnight with him. Care provided was both for Steve and his loved ones struggling with this difficult time. When he passed the staff were tremendously respectful and supportive. After struggling through hospital care and a short term nursing facility Infinity was a beautiful clean, attentive, place of solitude for his final days.

Palm Mortuary Eastern – Thank you to the staff at Palm Mortuary for working with our funeral home to provide a dignified graveside service. It was further appreciated the time taken with us to ensure Steve’s final resting place is one he would have enjoyed to have some shade trees and a bench nearby.

 

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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Wake Up with the Wagners Video Vault Story about Allen and Rossi

allen and rossi strip sign Wake up with the Wagners went into their video vault for a segment that aired February 12th 2014 about the historic career of Allen and Rossi.

Click here to see the clip.

The clip covered their careers and even touched on the lifetime contract they had with the Vegas World Casino before it became the Stratosphere.

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So much to Love about Gordie Brown! Especially When Steve Rossi and Rich Little Stop By!

My Buddy – Starring Sandy Hackett Coming to Las Vegas March 15th & 16th

Sandy Hackett has a wonderful touching play about his father and my friend Buddy Hackett.  It will be at the Star Bright Theater on March 15th and 16th.

A loving tribute to legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett ***STARRING SANDY HACKETT***

LEGENDARY COMEDIAN BUDDY HACKETT is brought to life in this live musical, theatrical production, told by the person closest to him… his son, Sandy Hackett.

Directed by Lisa Dawn Miller, the show takes the audience on a journey that explores the deep bond between a father and son. Sharing personal anecdotes, Sandy brilliantly captures the nuance of his father’s comedic style as he reminisces about a lifetime together, including the 10 years they spent touring on the road, sharing stories and memories from the beginning days of Buddy’s career, to his skyrocketing success as a movie star and night club entertainer, to being the most sought after comedian of his day – to his rule breaking, fearless comedic truth, which broke barriers paving the way for today’s comedians.

“My Buddy” reveals personal, never-before-heard stories about Buddy Hackett holding court with some of his friends: Johnny Carson, George Burns, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Alan King, Mickey Rooney, Harvey Korman and countless more.

With the success of “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” produced by Hackett and Miller, Sandy shares what inspired him to honor his father and his pals, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin and tells stories of the times they shared together when they ruled the Las Vegas strip and beyond. Through original, distinctive, humorous and poignant Hackett storytelling, “My Buddy” is funny, witty and touching as Sandy recreates some of his father’s comedic moments and for the first time uncovers some interesting family drama that transpired after Buddy passed away in 2003.

“My Buddy” will make you laugh, make you cry and put you in the mood for a kosher hot dog and a beer… in the story that has never been told until now, the life and times – the joy and pain of comic genius Buddy Hackett.

Steve Rossi on the Kevin Wall Show

Steve was on the Kevin Wall show to talk about the Beatles.

Live And Local With Kevin Wall 02/10/14: Glenn Cook, Steve Rossi, Kendall Tenney

February 10, 2014 6:06 PM

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A Wonderful 2014 to Everyone!

Steve Rossi rang in the New Year at Piero’s in Las Vegas.

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Stop by Pieros and you never know what Vegas legend you will see performing.

On New Years Steve Rossi came to perform along with Nelson Sardelli.  

The Bob Anderson Show in Las Vegas

Steve was thrilled to attend the Bob Anderson show as Bob’s guest on Friday night.

Bob Anderson’s show was wonderful and Steve highly recommends that you catch it when he comes to your town.  Here is the official Bob Anderson website. Bob also has a Facebook page. 

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Many of his show business friends were there including the amazing Nelson Sardelli of non non club Fiore. You owe it to yourself to check out Nelson’s website. 

 

Photos From the Show

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Demo Reel for Steve Rossi and Jimmie Rodgers

These two guys still have it!!!  Check out the video for sample of their great show Two Legends.  Booked as a team or separately Steve Rossi and Jimmie Rodgers are professionals who crack up and entertain their audiences.  Catch them now.

Contact Steve via email for booking details. 

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

 

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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Only One Great Comedy Duo Remains – Allen and Rossi

Check out this sweet article though from 1994 still resonates today because Las Vegas is blessed to continue to have both Marty Allen and Steve Rossi performing in our town. Rest in peace to those acts we no longer have on our stages.

Read the complete article by clicking on the image below – or read it here. 

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Thank You for a Wonderful Two Legends Weekend at the LVH

Steve Rossi on the Las Vegas Morning Blend – Still Time to Buy Two Legends Tickets!

Steve stopped by local Las Vegas Morning Blend to share about his show and legendary career. Both he and Jimmie Rodgers will be performing at the LVH on June 8th and 9th.

Click on the image below to view the clip. 

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Learn more about the show and Jimmie Rodgers on our earlier blog post. 

 

Order Your Tickets Today for Jimmie Rodgers and Steve Rossi LVH June 8th and 9th

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TWO LEGENDS …

AN AFTERNOON WITH JIMMIE RODGERS & STEVE ROSSI

Come spend an afternoon with two legendary performers: Jimmie Rodgers and Steve Rossi.

Jimmie Rodgers has sold over 60 million records worldwide in his career, including such hits as “Honeycomb,” “Secretly,” and “Kisses Sweeter than Wine.” From 1957 to 1960, Jimmie recorded 21 Top 20 hit records with 14 in the Top 10. Overall, he recorded 45 singles charted in the Top 40, 18 in the Top 10 and 8 at #1.  For a period of four years, he sold out every one of his engagements in his own theater in Branson, Missouri.

Steve Rossi is 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.  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 starring Johnny Carson.

Date: June 8-9, 2013

Time: 4:00PM

Location: Shimmer Cabaret

Price: $24.95 – $39.95 VIP (plus tax and service charge)

A special $59 room rate (June 8) and $39 room rate (June 9) for one night is available for show ticket holders! Call(800) 732-7117 for reservations and ask for “LVPRM3* RATES.” Show tickets or proof of purchase must be presented upon hotel check-in.

*Availability of offer is subject to change and may vary. A mandatory $18 resort fee (plus tax) per day will be charged upon check-in to all guests arriving on or after June 1, 2013. Book early to confirm. Advance deposit required. Cancellation penalties may apply.

Book today! Please call the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Box Office (24 hours a day) at (800) 222-5361 for show tickets

Join the Legend of Song: Jimmie Rodgers and the Legend of Comedy: Steve Rossi for a Great Show at LVH June 8th & 9th

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Jimmie Rodgers has had 13 number one hit records and sold over 60 millions records worldwide in his career including such hits as Honeycomb, Secretly, and Kisses Sweeter than Wine. For a period of four years he sold out every one of his engagements in his own theater in Branson Missori.

First Hit Record 1957: Honeycomb (#1 for 22 weeks)

Fourteen Gold Singles: Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Oh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again, Secretly, Bim Bom Bey, Are You Really Really Mine? , Tucumcari, The Long Hot Summer, Woman From Liberia, Make Me A Miracle, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, It’s Over, Child of Clay

Six Gold Albums: Jimmie Rodgers Favorite Hits, Jimmie Rodgers: The Golden Years, It’s OVer, Waltzing Matilda, Child of Clary Album 1, Jimmie Rodgers

Hit Records: From 1957 to 1960 recorded 21 Top-20 hit records with 14 in the Top-10. Overall recorded 45 singles charted in the top 40, 18 in the top 10 and 8 at #1.

Grammy Nominations:    1958 Best Country Western Vocal Performance, Oh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again

1966 Best Pop Vocal Performance, It’s Over

1967 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Child of Clay

Halls of Fame:                          AS-SAR-BEN Western Hall of Fame elected 1971

Academy of Country Music Career Achievement Award nominated 1983

Rock’nRoll Hall of Fame nominated 1986

Northwest Area Hall of Fame elected 1991

Variety Show Host:              The Jimmie Rodgers Show with Connie Francis (NBC/New York 1958)

The Carol Burnett Summer Replacement Show (CBS 1969)

Jimmie Rodgers Folk World (highest rated music show in Los Angeles 1965-67)

Guest Appearances:               Dinah Shore, The Perry Como Show, Ed Sullivan, Jack Parr, Joey Bishop, Kraft Music Hall, The Smothers Brothers Show,   Hee Haw

Movies:   Back Door to Hell with Jack Nicholson

The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come with Chill Wills and George Kennedy

The World Through the Eyes of Children written, produced, and directed by Jimmie Rodgers

Movie Soundrack: The Long Hot Summer starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wrote and recorded music and lyrics

Commercial Jingles: Wrote and recorded music and lyrics for award winning commercials for spaghetti-os and Honeycomb cereal.

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

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 werePerry ComoDean MartinDinah Shore,Merv GriffinMike 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 starsEngelbert HumperdinckJerry LewisSammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles,Phyllis DillerRedd FoxxMartin SheenErnie BorgnineRich LittleJack Jones and Tony Orlando.

If you want to enjoy a great evening of comedy and hit songs Jimmie Rodgers and Steve Rossi are the perfect pair!