Early Television Memories
The Tonight Show
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“I loved to watch Steve Allen – he did a lot of comedy and was very funny. He had his wife, Jayne Meadows, come on the show a lot, and they’d go back and forth. He also played a lot of music. He and the guests would chat. A lot of things were political, and they couldn’t talk about certain subjects.” – Carole N.
A little entertainment, light chat, a skit or two – that was the idea behind this show that premiered in 1954. Starting out as a local New York City broadcast, it quickly went nationwide and has been going strong for more than half a century. It was light musical comedy to start – when Steve stepped over to the piano, the audience was treated to some light banter or musical improvisation. Later hosts influenced the show with their unique personalities. But some things have lasted through the years, such as the opening monologues and decades of entertaining audiences.