Wayne Newton
American actor and singer
Wayne Newton
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).
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Wayne Newton: Trump is one of the nicest people I know
Fox News - 4 months
Las Vegas entertainer speaks out
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The 2016 Election: How I Lost (My Sense of Humor)
Huffington Post - 5 months
When The Donald rode down the escalator with an entrance that would make Wayne Newton blush, I laughed out loud, giddy with the thought that a whole new bucket of satire just dropped into my lap. This was a joke, right? I grew up in Queens, Long Island, New York just a stone's throw away from The Donald, where The Donald types multiply like rabbits. Brash, self-centered, entitled bullies, they're the template for the mobsters in "Goodfellas." They're self-righteous, primping peacocks who look down on women and minorities and who need to be the center of attention all the time... like TV pundits Hannity and O'Reilly - both from a Long Island 'hood. But they don't run for President. So, The Donald announcing his run was amusing. I envisioned gaudy TRUMP gold letters atop of the White House. I visualized his revamping of the Oval Office and state rooms into garish, "third world dictator chic." Then I thought, nah, never happen. I had faith. Americans are way too savvy to elec ...
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Wayne Newton on the presidential race, anthem protests
Fox News - 5 months
Las Vegas legend on 'Fox & Friends'
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What to Watch Tuesday
NYTimes - 11 months
Some childhood friends go after those who wronged them in “Game of Silence.” Wayne Newton sings with the Roots. And “The Mindy Project” resumes on Hulu.
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Wayne Newton fans get up close and personal
Fox News - about 1 year
Lavish estate now open for public tours
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Wayne Newton, the Killers, Shamir to headline opening of Las Vegas Arena
LATimes - about 1 year
What do Wayne Newton, the Killers and Shamir have in common? When it comes to music, not a lot. But all three will be headlining on opening night at Sin City’s newest entertainment venue.The three acts will open the Las Vegas Arena -- that's just a working name pending naming rights -- on April...
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Wayne Newton, the Killers, Shamir to headline opening of Las Vegas Arena
LATimes - about 1 year
What do Wayne Newton, the Killers and Shamir have in common? When it comes to music, not a lot. But all three will be headlining on opening night at Sin City’s newest entertainment venue.The three acts will open the Las Vegas Arena -- that's just a working name pending naming rights -- on April...
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Wayne Newton, the Killers, Shamir to headline opening of Las Vegas Arena
LATimes - about 1 year
What do Wayne Newton, the Killers and Shamir have in common? When it comes to music, not a lot. But all three will be headlining on opening night at Sin City’s newest entertainment venue.The three acts will open the Las Vegas Arena -- that's just a working name pending naming rights -- on April...
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Wayne Newton, the Killers, Shamir to headline opening of Las Vegas Arena
LATimes - about 1 year
What do Wayne Newton, the Killers and Shamir have in common? When it comes to music, not a lot. But all three will be headlining on opening night at Sin City’s newest entertainment venue.The three acts will open the Las Vegas Arena -- that's just a working name pending naming rights -- on April...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wayne Newton
  • 2016
    Age 73
    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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  • 2015
    Age 72
    Newton and his family moved back into the property, and in September 2015, after construction of a museum to house memorabilia, it was opened for public tours.
    More Details Hide Details The road serving the main terminal of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is named Wayne Newton Boulevard in his honor. Newton featured in the production of "You Can’t Say Love Enough" (1996), an all- star single, also featuring Dolly Parton, Heidi Newfield and several other artist-celebrities; this production served to raise funds for diabetes research, and also to institute the Wayne Newton Research Grant awarded by the American Diabetes Association to several researchers including Jose F. Caro and Peter J. Roach. The Jack Benny Show 12-4-1964.Wayne sings two songs and plays multiple instruments
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bankruptcy papers placed the value of the property at $50,800,000.
  • 2010
    Age 67
    As of February 27, 2010, the lawsuit was still pending in Clark County District Court, with Newton and his attorneys having filed no response in court.
    More Details Hide Details In another 2009 suit, he was accused of owing GMAC $36,999 for a lease on a Cadillac. The suit was ultimately dropped. Newton was enmeshed in another lawsuit over a stalled project to convert his 40-acre home into a museum. In this lawsuit, a developer claimed he purchased Newton's home and paid the singer $19.5 million, with the understanding that Newton would move out and allow the property to be converted into a museum. The developer claimed that he has invested $50 million on the project, but that Newton had failed to move out and had deliberately thwarted construction efforts, including by sexually harassing construction workers. The case was set to go to trial in May 2013.
    Also in February 2010, Clark County sheriff's deputies and a fleet of moving vans were refused entry to Newton's ranch at E. Sunset and S. Pecos roads.
    More Details Hide Details The officers attempted to serve civil papers and seize property as part of a $501,388 judgment against Newton awarded to Monty Ward, his former personal pilot, but security personnel employed by Newton refused to accept the papers. Ward, who filed suit in 2006, won the judgment for past-due wages in January 2009 and since then had attempted to garnish the wages of Newton when he performed at the MGM Grand and later the Tropicana hotel-casino. As of January 27, 2010, the value of the judgment was reportedly growing at a rate of $126.86 per day. In a 2009 lawsuit, Newton was accused of failing to pay $32,384 for hay delivered to his Las Vegas ranch, presumably for consumption by his horses at the ranch.
    In February 2010, Bruton Smith sued Newton, claiming he was delinquent on a loan he had personally guaranteed, then bought from Bank of America.
    More Details Hide Details Smith is seeking foreclosure of Newton's Las Vegas ranch Casa de Shenandoah.
  • 2009
    Age 66
    In late 2009, officials at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Michigan claimed Newton owed the airport more than $60,000 for unpaid parking fees, which they claimed he owed after having abandoned a $2 million Fokker F28 plane there more than three years before.
    More Details Hide Details The plane was originally flown in for renovations in 2005. After they were completed in 2007 the plane was moved to an outside parking area. The monthly parking fees were $5,000. An aircraft of this type needs to have its engines run at least once a month to retain its airworthiness. In 2009 it was discovered that the interior of the craft was rotting, and filled with mold. The plane has since been disassembled, transported, and reassembled on his estate grounds.
    Beginning October 14, 2009, he began performing his newest show "Once Before I Go" at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details A year later he took a 5-year hiatus to spend time with his family and prepare his voice for a future Las Vegas residency.
  • 2008
    Age 65
    In 2008, Newton received a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
    More Details Hide Details The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a national memorial to President Wilson, commemorates "the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson." The award honors leaders who have given back to their communities.
  • 2007
    Age 64
    In 2007 Newton revealed on Larry King Live how he personally confronted Johnny Carson about jokes the The Tonight Show host was making about him.
    More Details Hide Details Newton said he thought "Johnny Carson is a mean-spirited human being. And there are people that he has hurt that people will never know about. And for some reason at some point, he decided to turn that kind of negative attention toward me. And I refused to have it."
    Newton was featured on the 2007 fall season of Dancing with the Stars partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke.
    More Details Hide Details He became the third contestant to be eliminated from the contest. During the taping (which takes place at CBS Television City), he also became the first guest on The Price Is Right, which tapes on the same lot, under host Drew Carey, who began adding guests to the show, especially to present prizes. Newton appeared after a trip to Las Vegas was shown.
    Newton was the grand marshal of the 80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, May 1–7, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He canceled a sold-out show to join the Festival.
    And during player introductions at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, Newton sang Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."
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  • 2005
    Age 62
    In August 2005, the IRS filed a lawsuit against Newton alleging that he and his wife owed more than $1.8 million in taxes and penalties.
    More Details Hide Details One of Newton's tax lawyers disputed that, saying, "We believe the IRS owes him money."
    In January 2005, Newton started a reality television show on E! called The Entertainer.
    More Details Hide Details The winner got a spot in his act, plus a headlining act of their own for a year.
  • 2001
    Age 58
    In 2001, Newton succeeded Bob Hope as chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle.
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  • 2000
    Age 57
    Newton was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Orchestrated by his business partner, Jack Wishna, this "headliner-in-residence" deal was the first of its kind. In 2005, in preparation for the eventual demolition of the casino, the deal was, from all reports, amicably terminated; Newton began a 30-show stint that summer at the Hilton. His last show at the Stardust was on April 20, 2005. During a break in his on stage performance, he announced to the crowd that night he wanted to spend more time with his wife and new daughter as the main reasonings for canceling the contract. Newton said the Boyd family made him a very nice offer to stay on past the demolition of the hotel and casino and to play in other Boyd venues, but Newton declined citing "another deal in the works for Vegas", but he did not mention the Hilton specifically. News crews were expecting this performance to end on time, to make their 10 pm and 11 pm shows, but the show finally ended around 11:30 pm, thus eliminating the possibility. Mr. Las Vegas went on at 7:30 that night, and sang nearly his entire repertoire and songs of other Vegas mainstays as well.
  • 1994
    Age 51
    In 1994, Newton married Kathleen McCrone, a lawyer from North Olmsted, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has one daughter, Lauren Ashley Newton, who was born on April 19, 2002. Newton has stated, "My two loves in life, from the time I can remember, were music and horses, and I couldn't decide which I loved more." His Arabian horse breeding program, located at his Casa de Shenandoah Ranch, is called Aramus Arabians, and has produced six generations of horses, breeding over 700 foals, with 96 champions. Newton's first experience with horses was at his uncle's farm, where he visited frequently. He bought his first horse when he sold his bicycle and his parents' movie camera to buy a foal when he was a sixth-grader. Originally owning Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses, he "fell in love" with the Arabian breed via his ownership of the Champion stallion *Aramus, after whom he named his horse ranch. He first came to the attention of Arabian breeders in 1969 when he partnered with Tom Chauncy, an Arabian breeder and television station owner, to purchase the stallion *Naborr from the estate of Anne McCormick. They paid $150,000, which at the time was the highest price ever paid for an Arabian horse at auction. Shortly thereafter, Newton formed a partnership with other Arabian breeders to purchase *Aramus, who was a son of *Naborr. He became the sole owner of *Aramus in 1972.
    In 1994, Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas.
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  • 1992
    Age 49
    On December 12, 1992, Newton hit #1 on the Cashbox Pop and Country charts with an Elvis Presley-inspired song, "The Letter."
    More Details Hide Details Controversy swirled around this chart feat, as "The Letter" did not chart at all on Billboard Magazine's authoritative Hot 100 chart, Adult Contemporary chart or "Bubbling Under" chart. It did not make the Radio and Records magazine chart either. This marked the first and only time in history that a record hit #1 on the Cashbox Top 100 chart, yet failed even to chart on Billboard's Hot 100.
  • 1989
    Age 46
    On May 23, 1989, Newton's live stage show was broadcast as a Pay-Per-View event called Wayne Newton Live in Concert.
    More Details Hide Details In an odd break with tradition, Newton didn't perform his trademark songs "Danke Schoen" or "Red Roses for a Blue Lady". Newton did, however, close the show with a special finale of "MacArthur Park", which culminated with an onstage rainfall.
  • 1983
    Age 40
    When Newton entered an Independence Day stage on the Mall on July 4, 1983, members of his audience booed.
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    Watt then announced that Newton, a friend and supporter of President Reagan and a contributor to Republican Party political campaigns, would perform at the Mall's 1983 Independence Day celebration.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Watt said that "rock bands" that had performed on the Mall on Independence Day in 1981 and 1982 had encouraged drug use and alcoholism and had attracted "the wrong element", who would mug individuals and families attending any similar events in the future.
  • 1972
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Influential music director Rosalie Trombley of Canadian station CKLW "The Big 8" radio in the Detroit area decided to add the record to her radio station to embarrass her ex-husband, who wasn't faithful about seeing his children, as Trombley explained in the documentary Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8. The record topped the Canadian charts. From Detroit, "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" took off and broke nationwide. From 1980 through 1982, The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots performed Independence Day concerts on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., attracting large crowds.
  • 1968
    Age 25
    In 1968, Newton married Elaine Okamura. They had one child and divorced in 1985.
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  • 1958
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Originally signed for two weeks, the brothers eventually performed for five years, doing six shows a day. On September 29, 1962, they first performed on The Jackie Gleason Show. He would perform on Gleason's show 12 times over the following two years. In the early to mid-1960s, Wayne also acted and sang as "Andy" the baby-faced Ponderosa ranch hand on the classic western TV series, Bonanza. Many prominent entertainment icons such as Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, and Jack Benny lent Newton their support. In particular, Benny hired Newton as an opening act for his show. After his job with Benny ended, Newton was offered a job to open for another comic at the Flamingo Hotel, but Newton asked for, and was given, a headline act.
  • 1952
    Age 9
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The brothers, as the Rascals in Rhythm, appeared with the Grand Ole Opry roadshows and on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee; and performed for the president and auditioned unsuccessfully for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour.
  • 1942
    Born on April 3, 1942.
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