Celebration of Marty Allen’s Life Review – Draws 100s to Rampart Casino in Vegas for Tribute

Entertainer Loved by Fans and Fellow Performers

Marty and his wife of 30 years Karon Kate Blackwell often performed togetherPhoto by Dianne R. Davis

Hundred of friends and fans gathered at the Rampart Casino in Las Vegas on March 23, 2018 to pay tribute to Marty Allen – a true entertainment legend. The date chosen would have been Marty’s 96th birthday. A decorated military veteran, dancer, comedian, actor, and husband, Marty performed with his wife and partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, for more than 30 years.

Photo courtesy Ed Foster

The day was designed to honor Marty with love and laughter, just the way he wanted it. “He really did look for the funny in everything,” Karon told those gathered for the tribute. The afternoon included the Posting of Colors by the Nellis Honor Guard, clips of some of Marty”s television appearances with stars including Martha Raye, Steve Rossi, and Dean Martin.

Karon Kate Blackwell spoke about her partner on and off stage
Photo courtesy Ed Foster
Photo courtesy Ed Foster

 

 

Karon and Molly Shields, the niece and god daughter of the couple, entertained the audience with “Son of a Preacher Man”, one of Marty’s favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other speakers and entertainers who took to the stage included Louie Anderson, George Bugatti, John Katsilometes, J. J. Jimmie Walker, and tap dancing twins Sean and John Scott.

 

George Bugatti shared memories. Photo by Dianne R. Davis
Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anderson drew laughter with his remark that, “He really liked people, a very rare thing for a comedian – or someone from Vegas.” Anderson talked about Allen as an inspiration. “I thank him for helping a fat kid from Minnesota be something.”

The Scott Brothers danced in tribute to Marty’s love of dance. Photo by Dianne R. Davis
J. J. WalkerPhoto courtesy Ed Foster

 

Lou Magelowitz & Warren Durso presented one of Marty’s favorite skits. Photo courtesy Ed Foster

 

Las Vegas Review Journal Columnist John Katsilometes talked about how easy it was to like Marty Allen.
Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Some who could not be there, including Carrot Top and Terry Fator, sent video messages. In the audience we spotted luminaries Murray Sawchuck, Dennis Bono, Rich Little, Jazzin Jeanne Brei, Barbara Brighton, Denise Rose, Peter Pavone, and Jon and Annette Lindquist.

Clips from the days of the team of Allen & Rossi were shown. Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Following the gathering, friends and fans videoed personal recollections as a keepsake in Marty’s honor. I was one of those with a personal story about Marty. He had graciously donated his time and talent to be part of a fund-raiser for SCA-TV in Henderson, Sun City Anthem‘s all volunteer senior citizen television station.

I was back stage as Marty entertained the packed house. He exceeded the time we had asked him to do and the audience loved every minute of it. Marty came off stage, looked at me standing in the wings, and asked, “Did I do good for you?” Yes, Marty, you did good for us and for everyone you touched and entertained during your 95 years on earth. And now, we know you’re giving a big “Hello Dere” to a new audience on high.

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