| Steve was born 27 years ago in Brooklyn, the son of a cantor, and was a member of his father's choir at the age of 8. When he was 11, his father insisted he "retire" until his voice had changed. At 24, he resumed singing, principally small engagements obtained for him by high school faculty members. It was during this period he put his meager earnings in the refrigerator for his mother - "I really gave her cold cash," he reminisced.
Edye, 31, meantime, was singing in the high school band and school musicals. Later, she ran into an old high school friend, Ken Greengrass, a band leader for whom she had worked frequently. Staking his own career on his faith in Edye as a future top vocalist, he gave up his band to become her manager.
Steve Allen brought the two together on his "Tonight" show, NBC-WBAL, in 1953, and they literally fell in love with each other, and they're still singing love songs - as well as lullabies.