Introduced to Generation X through the use of a popular tune in the hit ’80s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wayne Newton has played an astounding 30,000 shows in an almost-sixty year career. Those numbers are astonishing, especially in today’s climate where the artist du jour is on Billboard’s Top 100 chart today and flipping burgers at a fast food joint in five years. But prior to that 1986 John Hughes film, Newton had been entertaining audiences for a full twenty-five years prior to Matthew Broderick’s singing-in-the-shower poaching of the tune.
Newton, synonymous with Las Vegas (and dubbed both “Mr. Las Vegas” and “Mr. Entertainment”), was one of the first entertainers to have a long-term contract in a Sin City venue. As a trendsetter, Newton paved the way for some of the recent long-term residences of such singers as Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Celine Dion.
Appearing in almost forty films and countless TV guest appearances, he has carved out a place in popular culture history as an entertainer’s entertainer. His evil record producer Julian Grendel in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane was a memorable bad guy in the pantheon of early ’90s action/comedy villains.
Starting in the early 1960s, he made a splash on the record charts with such tunes as “Danke Schoen,” “Red Roses For A Blue Lady” and “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast.”
Mr. Newton will be bringing his show to the Hard Rock Rocksino on Saturday, March 25th. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00.
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