Harriet Wasser was instrumental in getting Bobby and Steve together. It was a genius paring, changing the direction
of Bobby's career. Bobby knew where he wanted to go and, as his manager, Steve knew how to get him there.
"Bobby gave me his life when I had only been in the business a year and a half.
Our deal was he would sing but
I would do everything else.
We never had a contract, just a handshake and he always lived by it."
He also has said his most cherished moments were with Bobby and that his favorite song of Bobby's was "Higher and Higher."
Steve was born in NYC and early in his life he was turned on to show business. He loved Al Jolson, having seen The Jolson Story
18 times when he was 13 years old!
His impact and legacy on entertainment is enormous. Along with Bert Schneider (his life-long childhood friend) and Bob Rafelson,
Steve formed BBS Productions. During that time, they made Easy Rider, Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Hearts and
Minds, The Monkees TV series (in which he was even mentioned in an episode), Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture
Show, The King of Marvin Gardens, A Safe Place, and so many more.
Back in 1999 we were so fortunate Steve joined us for an online chat, take a look.
Steve Blauner passed away on June 16, 2015 at his home. He was 81. He was a powerhouse and his effect on entertainment is undeniable.
Our deepest condolences to his daughters Moon and Grace and all of his family and to Bobby son, Dodd Darin, with whom he shared a
very special bond.
To Honor Steve
Bobby & Steve
Photo courtsey of Jimmy Scalia.
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