Feb. 13--Marty Allen, half of the comedic duo Allen & Rossi, died Monday from complications due to pneumonia.
He was 95.
Allen, who was widely known for his catchphrase "hello dere," frequently appeared on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," including the Beatles' debut TV performance in the U.S.
He launched his career in the 1950s as an opening act for Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme, and Nat King Cole, along with partner Mitch DeWood.
He and Steve Allen later teamed up as Allen & Rossi, the duo with which he found the most fame.
"Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows," he said in 2014.
"There wasn't a talk show on TV that didn't want Allen & Rossi."
After the pair split in 1968, Allen went on to daytime television, including "Hollywood Squares," before moving on to become a regular entertainer in Las Vegas.
"We have lost another iconic Las Vegas entertainer, Marty Allen. What a funny man who brought joy to millions of people for 95 years. Rest In Peace," tweeted Vegas magician Lance Burton.
"I'm saddened by the passing of Marty Allen. Very saddened! Thank you, Marty, for always being you. We'll miss you," wrote Tony Orlando."
"Honored to have had him on my podcast & grateful to have attended his 95th Birthday Celebration. Farewell to one of the funniest people onstage and off," comedian Gilbert Gottfried tweeted.
"Marty Allen was always a special friend to @OscarBGoodmanLV, myself and our family," Carolyn Goodman, the former mayor of Las Vegas, wrote. "He was one of Las Vegas' greatest entertainers and @CityOfLasVegas will miss him dearly."
Karon Kate Blackwell, Allen's wife and partner, was at his side when he died at home in Las Vegas.
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