Steve Allen, Monday Nights, Signature SM-1021, 1960
This is the perfect album for anyone who drives a 1960 Plymouth Fury. While the 1959 Cadillac gets all the old car press for the nuttiness of it’s tail fins, the 1960 Plymouth’s were virtually as tall. Available options included the Highway Hi-Fi, an actual record player that played special 16 2/3 rpm discs that are both completely useless and highly collectible today. Model year 1960 was the last time the Plymouth brand sold well enough to place third in total production, this car represents the beginning of a very slow decline.
The same could be said for Steve Allen. His Sunday night variety show was consistently the third rated program on the night, but that was out of three options. By 1959, NBC has had enough of losing to Ed Sullivan on CBS and Maverick on ABC. They moved The Steve Allen Plymouth Show to Monday nights, which this album happily talks about. The art direction or title of this album are not coincidences.
Steve Allen supposedly wrote over 8000 songs during his lifetime. Some were even hits for people like Steve Lawerence and Eydie Gorme, and Sammy Davis Jr. There were no hits on this album. It’s mostly Steve at the piano, but sometimes theres a bland chorus singing along. I probably won’t be listening to this again for years, unless I happen upon a 1960 Plymouth.
Cost: $2, $406 Remaining