Wayne Newton

Actor and Singer
Born Apr 3, 1942

Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years, earning him the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. His well known songs include 1972's "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" (his biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart), "Years" (1980), and his vocal version of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (1965).… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on April 3, 1942.
1952 10 Years Old While he was still a child, his family moved to near Newark, Ohio. He began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother, Jerry. However, Newton's severe asthma forced his family to move to Phoenix in 1952, where he graduated from North High School (Phoenix). … Read More


1958 16 Years Old In the spring of 1958, near the end of his junior year of high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw Newton on a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing and took them back for an audition. … Read More


1968 26 Years Old In 1968, Newton married Elaine Okamura. They had one child and divorced in 1985.


1972 30 Years Old In 1972 his recording of "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in July 1972. … Read More


However, in April 1983, James G. Watt, President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, banned Independence Day concerts on the Mall by such groups. … Read More
1989 47 Years Old On May 23, 1989, Newton's live stage show was broadcast as a Pay-Per-View event called Wayne Newton Live in Concert. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old On December 12, 1992, Newton hit #1 on the Cashbox Pop and Country charts with an Elvis Presley-inspired song, "The Letter." … Read More
1994 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas.
1999 57 Years Old In 1999, Newton signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust, calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him. … Read More
2000 58 Years Old Newton was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 2000.
2001 59 Years Old In 2001, Newton succeeded Bob Hope as chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle.


2005 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2005, Newton started a reality television show on E! called The Entertainer. … Read More
And during player introductions at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, Newton sang Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."
2008 66 Years Old In 2008, Newton received a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. … Read More
2009 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Beginning October 14, 2009, he began performing his newest show "Once Before I Go" at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. … Read More
In February 2010, Bruton Smith sued Newton, claiming he was delinquent on a loan he had personally guaranteed, then bought from Bank of America. … Read More
2012 70 Years Old On December 17, 2012, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Bruce Markell approved the sale of Wayne Newton's estate, Casa de Shenandoah, to be listed for sale by Nathan and Associates, a Las Vegas brokerage firm. … Read More
2015 73 Years Old 1 More Event
The property remained on the market, until 2015, when Newton reached an accord with Lacy Harber, the businessman who owned 70% of the corporation that had purchased Casa de Shenandoah to turn it into a museum.
2016 74 Years Old In 2016, Newton returned to the stage at Bally's Hotel in the form of a lounge show called "Up Close & Personal", a combination of live singing, playing some of the 13 self-taught instruments (learned in the past to give his voice a rest when performing 6 shows a night at the Fremont Hotel), and movie and TV clips shown on screen.
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