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A Fantastic show With Husband And Wife Team Marty Allen And Karon Kate Blackwell

October 22, 2016

In all of our lives, there is a long and winding road and thus The Beatles’ iconic hit song of the same name resonates, often exponentially, enhancing our memories both good and bad.

There was a great one for me, two nights back when as his lovely and talented wife Karon Kate Blackwell was singing “The Long and Winding Road” as part of a great show at ¬†Metropolitan Room in New York City, I looked in the “wings” (there is a Beatles, at least a Paul McCartney association there) and waiting to come back on stage, was the incredibly funny, comedic legend Marty Allen.

He is 94 years old and still able to dance a bit, tell a great joke and collaborate with Karon his wife of 32 years, to put on a great show at a great venue, Metropolitan Room in New York City.

Nostalgia was in the air and on the screen, as a priceless video of Mr. Allen with Martha Raye from the television show, “The Hollywood Palace” had the crowd laughing continually for the approximate 5 minute duration.

There were stories about legendary singers Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole, the latter the man who introduced Allen (and vice versa), to his superb partner, Steve Rossi.

I felt so good watching this incredible couple and was floored by Karon’s voice, range and song selections, including one in which her niece Molly, joined her on stage.

There were great “still” pictures showcasing Marty’s great career and one more video, resulting in Marty telling a great story about Dean Martin’s reaction to what happened in said video.

Marty met the Beatles, “cracking up” John Lennon, telling him they looked alike. Karon brought it close to full circle, with a Beatles’ medley.

That is where we came in, “the long and winding road,” that included Marty’s beyond brave efforts in global conflict, for which he was awarded The Soldier’s Medal, honoring extreme bravery.

Both Caron and Marty greeted the patrons warmly, posing for pictures and signing autographs. I asked Marty, who was born in Pittsburgh, if he perhaps recalled the Pirates and Paul Waner. He said Steelers and told of how when he was honored at his high school, someone wanted to meet him. It was the great Steelers’ player Franco Harris.

That great story capped an incredible evening.

Click below for information on events at Metropolitan Room

Metropolitan Room Manhattan, NYC, music, jazz, jazz club ..

Click below to view a performance by the fabulous team of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Allen & Rossi



Both Karon Kate Blackwell and Marty Allen are warm, friendly people in addition to being very talented performers.




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  1. Esther Lynn permalink

    FYI – Better late than never.

    Am just now (November 1) seeing your review on Marty Allen and his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell at the Metropolitan Room.

    Marty and Karon are friends of mine, and I can tell you, with certainty, that the woman in the photo with Marty is NOT Karon!


    Esther Lynn
    Las Vegas, NV

  2. Hi Esther Big Oops is right. I believe the photo on the post now is indeed one of Karon and Marty. Thank you again.

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