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Wayne Newton

At several times close to joining George Hamilton in the select group of persons more famous for their celebrity status than for any active artistic creation, Wayne Newton recorded for the 1960s album market and scored several hits during that time, but has become most renowned for his connections to Las Vegas, where he commanded up to $1 million per month at his peak and invested heavily into the city's real estate. Born in 1942 in Roanoke, Virginia, Newton began singing professionally at the age of six, and formed a rockabilly duo with his brother Jerry after the family moved to Phoenix in the mid-'50s. The pair was featured on a local TV show while still in their pre-teens, and moved to Las Vegas in the early '60s for a five-year engagement (recording as well, for both Capitol and George Records). By 1963, Jerry had dropped out of the act, and Wayne returned to Capitol to begin recording as a solo act, under the tutelage of Bobby Darin. Newton's first three singles charted well, led by 1963's Top 20 hit "Danke Schoen" (a staple of Newton's act for the rest of his life), but the rest of the '60s saw only one upper-reaches chart entry, "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (the corresponding album was his only Top 20 entry).

The beginning of the '70s saw Newton recording for a new label, Chelsea, and though it provided him with the biggest hit of his life, the number four "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast," Newton began focusing more and more on his Las Vegas show after his voice began to lower. Remaking his image into a slick Mr. Entertainment instead of the wide-eyed innocent of his "Danke Schoen" days, Newton became the king of Las Vegas by the 1980s; he won the Entertainer of the Year award more than any other performer, set a record as the highest-paid nightclub performer in history, bought the Aladdin casino, and managed enough spare time to win an international award for his most active hobby, the breeding of Arabian stallions.

Despite the acres of fame and riches (and winning a libel lawsuit against a 1991 NBC documentary which questioned if mob money had helped buy the Aladdin), Newton was forced to file bankruptcy in the early '90s. Several multi-million dollar performances around the world cured his financial blues, and in no time he was back on top. Newton has been cameo featured in several films, including The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Vegas Vacation. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mr. Las Vegas

1. Danke Schoen

2. As Long As I'm Singing

3. Strangers In The Night

4. They Can't Take That Away From Me

5. Shangri-La

6. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)

7. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye

8. Call Me Irresponsible

9. More

10. Hello, Dolly!

11. Wives And Lovers

12. I've Got The World On A String

13. L-O-V-E

14. My Kind Of Girl

15. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

16. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

17. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

18. Charade

19. Bye Bye Blackbird

20. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Live)

21. Mack The Knife (Live)

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Track List: Coming Home

1. Personality

2. While The Feeling's Good (Feat. Tammy Wynette)

3. A Good Woman's Love (Feat. Dobie Gray)

4. Our Wedding Band

5. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me

6. Crying On Your Shoulder Again

7. Take Away My Pain

8. Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By

9. Lyin' Again

10. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

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Track List: Wayne Newton Capitol Collector's Series

1. Heart!

2. So Long Lucy

3. Danke Schoen

4. Better Now Than Later

5. Shirl Girl

6. Someone's Ahead Of You

7. Dream Baby

8. Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)

9. Too Late To Meet (Once Upon A Time)

10. Comin' On Too Strong

11. They'll Never Know

12. Red Roses For A Blue Lady

13. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time

14. Summer Wind

15. I'll Be Standing By

16. Remember When (We Made These Memories)

17. After The Laughter

18. You Just Don't Know

19. Half A World Away

20. Games That Lovers Play

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gypsyme3
Yes great guy !! Wow how u get around omg !!
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maggiekksb
Have seen him perform on many occasions. Always a perfect gentleman to the ladies...And a great asset for Las Vegas for many yrs
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Terrific sense of style and phrasing; spot on pitch when younger but, alas, like most older singers has lost center of tone and pitch due to warbly vibrato. Vocal cords are similar to rubber bands; through constant use over the years they loose their ability to rebound and maintain proper tension. They can't go back to where they started and loose all of their initial properties. Result: a tone may start on pitch but, alas, when vibrato is added the pitch goes flat and can never reach it's initi
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Mr new vegas in a fallout game look up mr new Vegas. New not las. Crazy awsome great cupcakes.
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love his voice... pretty sure im the only teenager who loves this guys music
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tokurtv
I've worked with Him, met Him...He is the real deal. And a big dude.... clschell isn't deleting Him. Wayne could easily delete YOU!
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he sounded funny though, when he was younger...so u n d e d like a female. but he has talent, no doubt. awesome voice as he matured. maybe this is why clschell posted delete Wayne Newton. ??
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DELETE YOU! STAY OFF IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM. HE'S ONE OF THE BEST AND IS ENTERTAINING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS WITH THE USO IN BOB HOPE'S PLACE
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clschell
delete Wayne Newton
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I have liked this man forver...his was the first fan club I ever joined...
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lamca2001
"Remember When", is by far my favorite.
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Didn't he hook up with Beverly D'Angelo?
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love this guy better when he got older
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I grew up listening to Wayne Newton. I have always loved his
voice. I would love to go to Branson to see him before I leave this world.

Judy Burton

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