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Merv Griffin peforms "Isn't It Romantic" at a Beverly Hills gala in May.
From his beginning as a $100-a-week San Francisco, California, radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist for Freddy Martin's band, sometime film actor and TV game and talk show host. His "The Merv Griffin Show" lasted more than 20 years, and Griffin said his capacity to listen contributed to his success.
"If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening," Griffin reasoned in a recent interview.
Just last week, Merv had been planning on going on vacation but ended up in the hospital after a routine check-up. "I was about to go on vacation, but this isn't the kind I had in mind."source - cnn