Michael rowed the boat ashore...
  • 75 years old
  • Born on January 23, 1939 in New York City, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on June 12, 2014 in Redding, California, United States.


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MICHAEL was born in New York City on January 23rd, 1939. He lived most of his life in New York, Los Angeles, and then in the Palm Springs area. He lived out the last two years of his life near his family in Redding, California. 

He attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio and Television Production.

Michael was born to be an entertainer. He first expressed this gift through his love of music and people. He sang his passion directly to the people around him, touching their hearts in a way that only a true entertainer can do. He wowed audiences worldwide and recorded three albums, including “Michael Allen Sings.” Later in life, Michael extended this tradition of entertaining by being the life of the party, an accomplished story-teller and “the head of the table.” His brother Jeffrey said, “Michael had more friends and life-long ones than anyone I’ve ever known.”

Michael launched his Interior Design career in the 1980’s and designed for luminaries throughout the entertainment industry. He believed that, “A house itself isn’t important… it’s what you do in it and how you give it life. A house is not a home until it is filled with love.” His home reflected that with photos of dear friends and family abundant in every room.

Michael suffered a heart attack on June 1st. He was incredibly well cared for by very capable and compassionate caregivers at Mercy Medical Center and at Windsor Redding Care Center, where he lived. Michael was treated with “Humankindness” at every turn – and his family will be forever grateful. With personal friends over the years that ranged from best friends for over 50 years to celebrities such as Johnny Mathis, Rock Hudson, the Sinatra’s, Bob Crew and many more – some of Michael’s new best friends for the past two years have been the staff and residents at Windsor, especially the “Hole in the Wall Gang.”

On June 12th, 2014 on a full moon, Michael sang his last note in peace and clarity, with his brother at his side. Listen carefully, you might still hear it...

Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Theresa (Teddy) Gluck, and his father, Hyman Gluck. He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Jon Gluck and his wife, Pam, of Redding, California; his niece, Geneva Foster Gluck of Tucson, Arizona; and by so many good friends that were like family to him. 

As you know, Michael loved good food and good company! Friends are encouraged to celebrate Michael’s life by sharing memories of him over a favorite meal with family and friends.

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Michael’s Obituaries:

The Desert Sun (Palm Desert, California): http://obituaries.desertsun.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=michael-allen&pid=171400857

The Redding Searchlight (Redding, California): http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/redding/obituary.aspx?n=michael-allen&pid=171403352


In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Michael may be made to the Society of Singers, Inc., 26500 W. Agoura Rd., #102-554, Calabasas, CA 91302; 818-995-7100;  (www.singers.org). 

Posted by Kat Adibi on January 23, 2019
Miss you, MichaelAllen. xoxo
Posted by Jack Fields on January 23, 2018
Michael was a loving friend to my late wife, Carol, since they were kids. He was wonderful to her and later on to me. Michael was a true friend and I miss him. Rest in peace, Mike. You were one of a kind.
Posted by Coreen Taylor on January 23, 2018
Happy Birthday, Mike!
Posted by Kat Adibi on January 23, 2018
Miss you, MichaelAllen. xoxo
Posted by Jeff Gluck on January 23, 2018
Hey Bro ! Pam and I are getting ready to take Coreen to your last favorite restaurant, Champa Garden, to celebrate your birthday. Seeing you there, Jeff
Posted by Kat Adibi on June 13, 2017
We miss you MichaelAllen! xoxo
Posted by Helen Johnson on June 12, 2017
Thinking about you each time we go to dinner and one of your most favorite restaurants. You are always sitting at the table with us. We miss you , you were one of our joys. God Bless you.
Posted by Jack Fields on June 10, 2017
Dear Michael, I'm absolutely positive that somewhere perfectly heavenly, you are singing your heart out in a space you have beautified with your incredible talent. See you soon.
Posted by Coreen Taylor on January 23, 2017
Happy Birthday, Mike! Tony and I will always have you in our hearts!
Posted by Jeff Gluck on January 23, 2017
Another cycle complete, around one more time - 78 rounds since that first Birthday occurred in 1939. I visited Tony and Coreen today with 3 roses from you, me and Pam. Thanks to Pam of course - she's good at those things. Everyone misses you dearly. Helen is recovering from pneumonia and sends her love. News of the day is that the original Rosie-the-Riveter is at Windsor. Well my brother, it is time for a celebratory piece of KeyLime Pie! Here's a big one for you...
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 15, 2016
In your honor as a Celebration of Life, Pam and I along with Helen and Coreen (aka Gracie) went to Champa Gardens for a rousing evening of food, drink, flowers, your picture, stories, memories, merriment and laughter. Did I say how good the food was at your "favorite new restaurant". I even had your Drunken Noodles and our delightful Fresh Rolls. The waitress even remembered you - how could she ever forget! It was Coreen's Birthday Party too, so of course we had a Key Lime Pie for all, and saved a piece for Tony. The photographers were busy - picture posting soon. Love you my Brother, Jeff
Posted by Coreen Taylor on June 12, 2016
I think about you all the time! I miss you just as much today as I did went you left us! Jeff is who you left behind to be the bond between all of us! We will be forever grateful for the privilege of loving you! Tony and I will love you always
Posted by Richard Simon on June 12, 2016
Posted by Jeff Gluck on January 25, 2016
Michael --- For your birthday, we had a Party at your favorite restaurant the Rose Garden and it was packed. Just the way you like it ! We played your CD on the way there, listening to you sing the way only you could. Pam and Helen arranged roses and photographs on our table saving just enough room for the many plates of delicious Thai cuisine. Coreen was with us and drank several toasts in your honor, but she was not drunk, just very happy! It was a grand occasion with Key Lime Pie for dessert. We brought a piece back for Tony. Everyone loves you! Your favorite brother, Jeff
Posted by Richard Simon on January 23, 2016
Posted by Helen Johnson on December 24, 2015
Having Kie lime pie Christmas for you. Love and miss you, Helen & Raja
Posted by Coreen Taylor on December 24, 2015
We miss you at Christmas as much as ever! How is the salmon in PARADISE? Tony,Coreen, Jeff and Pam LOVE YOU MORE!!
Posted by Coreen Taylor on June 10, 2015
Mike I miss you! I'll always love you. I'll see you again.
Posted by Richard Caruso on January 23, 2015
Posted by Coreen Taylor on January 23, 2015
Happy Birthday, Mike Oh, I how miss you! You were that was always there for me. No matter how stupid, I could come by and cry on one of those big shoulders and everything was alright. What I would do for a piece of Razz el berry pie right now!! I will see you again! All My Love, Coreen
Posted by Gudrun Bruk on September 15, 2014
Michael was a favored dance partner when we were in high school together. One especially fond and fun memory I have is of a masquerade party we attended together. Michael's mother and aunt made my mask and we paraded ourselves and the black silk and lace creation I proudly wore, with laughter and much pride as he and I joyfully danced through that memorable night. Thank you, Michael for showing me how to "Lindy" with panache. You knew how to live life in a grand way. Rest in peace, Michael.
Posted by John Castanien on July 22, 2014
I met Micheal in about 1990. He waltzed into my furniture store and basically took over. I loved working with Micheal. (Well, maybe not ALL the time. But it was always an adventure! ) Michael sang for my beautiful wife and I at our wedding in 1994 at Melvins. It was magical. He was such a great performer. I was just reaching out to Micheal to ask for his help on my up coming performances. I am so saddened to see he has passed on. It would have been fun to hear his incredible voice and get his help. As the saying goes.." I could have been a contender". I looks like I missed my chance to talk with him again. I'm always just a little late. I look forward to having him look down and hopefully be proud of me, now that he has a ring side seat! See you again someday, my friend..;)..
Posted by Coreen Taylor on July 16, 2014
WE LOVED Mike with that special kind of love that is truly from the heart and reserved for life's bestfriend. Since our days at Windsor Redding, we will miss his phrases "I'M SICK OF IT" and "SPIT IT OUT DELILAH" for the rest of our lives. As friends, the three of us may not have had it all together when we were alone, but when we were together we had it all. We will surely miss you Mike. Coreen and Tony
Posted by Jeff Gluck on July 1, 2014
We will miss you Michael Allen. See you on the other side. Love, Susan Leis
Posted by Leticia Rodriguez on June 27, 2014
I had the pleasure and honor of caring for Michaels soft and delicate hands at Windsor. May rest in peace my always DEVO.
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
Dearest Michael (My Favorite Brother-in-Law), How I miss you. I wish you could have seen your website and have been there to tell us more stories to accompany the photos of the colorful life you lived. I wish you could see the hundreds of friends that love you and have visited the site to honor you, Thank you for living near us these past two years – our life has been happier with you in it. I will love you forever, Your Favorite Sister-in-Law (I know - I know - your only one...), Pam
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 19, 2014 Mr. Allen was deeply loved and will be missed by many. We have been given a hope to see him once again refreshed and rejuvenated. Those promises are found at Job 33:25, Psalms 37:29 ~ Mrs Mora, Indio, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 19, 2014 I was fortunate to meet Michael while visiting my aunt at Windsor. Michael shared so many wonderful stories pf his life...I was in awe. I grew up in the desert, so we had something in common, but mostly I just enjoyed listening to his incredible stories. He truly was the life of the party and he will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. ~ Pam Kriner, Palo Cedro, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 20, 2014 Michael was a very special person; he always greeted me with "love your hair"! I don't know if Jeffery ever realized how many people Michael invited to their Thursday lunches away from the facility. Truly, truly enjoyed my time spent with him. Jo Ann Montgomery Redding, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 20, 2014 Sympathies to the family. We have fond memories of Michael and his mother. Teddy was old friend - great lady. He will be missed. ~ Lynne Rubenstein, Cathedral City, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 23, 2014 Michael was a regular in my aerobics class in the early nineties. I absolutely loved having him as a friend. He lit up the room when he walked in and made every class that he attended so fun! I have thought about him a lot over the years because he was such a sweet person and such a loyal friend. His personality was larger than life. I never had the opportunity to hear him sing, but I am sure he did it well, as he did everything in life. Godspeed, my friend!!! I hope to see you again someday. ~ Erin Schwartz, San Marcos, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 23, 2014 I remember Mr. Allen most fondly. We attended a concert together. Afterwards, we both complained at how poorly the entertainer was dressed. Fondest thoughts, John Holladay ~ John Holladay, Rancho Mirage, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 23, 2014 Michael and I went to Junior High together, and I hadn't seen him for 50 years. When we moved to the desert I went to an art opening and who was there, but Michael. Of course being a spontaneous person I yell out Michael Gluck. Michael looks concerned and turns around to say very quietly, "that is not how I am known here". He also says, "Dale Bederson the gal with the pretty cashmere sweaters growing up." There was an immediate rekindling of our old friendship. Rest in peace and keep smiling. Dale ~ Dale Rotner, Rancho Mirage, California
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 27, 2014
June 23, 2014 Michael always had such a warm smile, a kind word and a song in his heart. Listening to his music brings me back to these wonderful times. Thank-you Michael for your friendship. Rest In Peace From ~ a friend
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 26, 2014
June 19, 2014 ..He was so much fun...cavorting with him around nyc are some of my happiest memories my favorite michael saying is "you better look gorgeous" whenever we went anywhere in town Charlotte
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 26, 2014
“Michael had more friends and life-long ones than anyone I've ever known.” I love you more... Jeffrey
Posted by Richard Caruso on June 19, 2014
Michael, Michael, Michael..You are now on your journey..we used to wonder about this, and now you know what happens, when we leave this planet…We have shared so many laughs and tears since the old MGM years when we first met…Too many stories to list and FAR too many that I can't repeat,but I'll always remember them…I miss you so much already Mike..You will never leave me nor will I ever leave you..You will live forever in my heart..I'm going to do what you once asked me to do..When I think of you I will Smile..Your friend forever..Richard..
Posted by Barbara Feldman on June 19, 2014
I feel so blessed to have known Michael for the past 24 years. He leaves an abundance of joyous memories. it was a gift to have been part of Michael's life. I will miss him, and hold him in my heart forever.
Posted by Susan Canaan on June 18, 2014
Alex met Michael when he was eight years old, at camp. He was probably his oldest friend. They reconnected in college and the story is that he got Alex and Herb Millman into Phi Ep at Boston University. They also shared an apt for a time after college. In the 25 years that Alex and I have been married, we have shared delightful evenings with Michael - sometimes with the Katz's, the Millmans, and the Baums - all wonderful old college friends. Michael had a warmth, sense of humor, and sparkle all his own. He was really Mr. Entertainer in every way. Alex and I are so saddened by his years of illness and passing. He was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace.
Posted by Janet Millman on June 16, 2014
How can I summarize over 55 years of friendship in a few words. I met Michael the summer I graduated from high school. We both went on to BU and our friendship really started there. Over the many years that followed we were always in touch, had many fun times, many funny times, some sad times, visited each other in LA, Rancho Mirage, New York City, New Jersey and Vermont. He was a part of my family and I was part of his. My kids called him "Crazy Uncle Michael" because he was. We did theater, movies, lots of terrific restaurants, his performances, other peoples performances, we knew each others friends, what TV shows we loved or not. Michael could always make me laugh and he did that regularly. He went thru my divorce with me and then walked me down the aisle for my wedding to Herb. He was the brother I never had. Herb said when he married me "I didn't know Michael came with the package", but he did. The stories we could tell are amazing, such good times. I have so many memories I will never forget him. He always said we would end up together in a nursing home, well I guess he beat me there. Missing you...........
Posted by Kat Adibi on June 15, 2014
I'll never forget you, Michael, and will cherish all of our laughs! Thank you for opening your heart & home to me. Like we always ended our phone calls, I'll simply say, "LOVE YOU."
Posted by Jeff Gluck on June 15, 2014
I already miss taking him to lunch at the Rose Garden, our favorite restaurant. Instead of talking twice a day, we now are in constant continuous communication. Love you more – dear. Jeffrey
Posted by Susan Katz on June 14, 2014
You always brought a smile to my face whenever I saw you or heard your voice. You were multi talented, loving and so warm. You were dear to me, you touched my heart. Rest in peace, dear Michael.
Posted by Beverly Starcher on June 13, 2014
Sleep well my prince, I will love you for eterrnity. A candle has been lite in your memory at my church. Thanks for the memories Michael........

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