Steve Allen - (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. He become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show.
Steve Allen, and Elvis discuss in rehearsal how Elvis will sing his song, Hound Dog, to a basset hound on a pedestal wearing a top hat. Allen wanted to avoid the controversy that occurred after Elvis swiveled his hips on 'The Milton Berle Show'. (NBC Television, Hudson Theater, New York City, July 1, 1956).