To theatre organ buffs, Stan is considered the "little king of the console". He began playing the "window sill" at the age of 4 while listening to the radio and was at the console by the time he reached 14. Stan went on to major in organ at Washington University, St. Louis and was inducted in the ATOS Hall of Fame in 1999. Stan has just been named ATOS Organist of the Year for 2003.
The legendary Stan Kann is the best known concert theatre organist in North America. He played the fabulous Fox Theatre's mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ for 22 years, before moving to Los Angeles in 1975, making him the longest running theatre organist in the United States. Before moving to Los Angeles Stan became a St. Louis television personality on the Charlotte Peter's Show. Following that he co-hosted The Noon Show with Marty Bronson. For this work he received the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997 and the Avis Blewett Award in 2001.
When Phyllis Diller discovered his comedic talent he became a much sought after "one of a kind" television comic for the next three decades. To television audiences he is known as the little comic with the funny gadgets, Vacuum included. A favorite on all the major talk shows in the 70's, 80's & 90's, Stan appeared 77 times on "The Tonight Show", 89 times on the "Mike Douglas" show, "Merv Griffon and countless others. He generated hysteria and laughs on all of these shows. Stan appeared as an actor in the popular television sitcoms "Gimme A Break" with Nell Carter and as Cal Headcheese in "The Two Of Us". He recorded organ sequences for the feature film "The Fury" with the John Williams orchestra and the television series M*A*S*H with Lionel Newman's 20th Century-Fox orchestra.
In 1998 Stan returned to his roots in St. Louis, Mo. Stan again plays the Mighty Wurlitzer for tour groups at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and for dinners at the Lincoln Jug restaurant in Belleville, IL. Stan is also booked for several concerts through the country and England. (see concert schedule page)
Credits and Awards
ATOS - Organist of the Year 2003
Avis Blewett Award - 2001
awarded by the St. Louis Chapter of American Guild of Organists
ATOS Hall of Fame Organist - 1999
Silver Circle Award - 1997
awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The Tonight Show - 77 guest appearances
Mike Douglas Show - 89 guest appearances
Merv Griffon Show - 32 guest appearances
plus appearances on Joan Rivers, Gypst Rose Lee, Dinah Shore and numerous others
The Noon Show ( St. Louis) - Co-host with Marty Bronson
The Charlotte Peters Show ( St. Louis ) - Co-host and Musical Director
To The Ladies ( St. Louis ) - Co-host & Musical Director
The Stan Kann Show ( Canada ) syndicated for 3 years
The Two of Us - played Cal Headcheese with Peter Cook
Gimme A Break - with Nell Carter
Kids are People Too
People Are Talking
TV Bloopers - Dick Clark & Ed McMahon
Gary Shandling, Phyllis Diller Specials
Regis Philbin, David Steinberg and many others
Jack Carney Show - KMOX Radio St. Louis Co-Host
Stan Kann at Ruggeri's Restaurant, St. Louis, MO - NBC Network Saturday nights.
The Playboy Clubs - (Standup Comedy) Wisconsin & New Jersey