Wayne Newton was born on April 3, 1942, in Roanoke, Virginia. He and his brother started their first Las Vegas show when he was 17. In 1963, Wayne Newton released his first hit, "Danke Schoen," at age 21. He soon created an act that featured a spaceship and fog machines and eventually became the highest grossing show in the history of Las Vegas. Over the years, he became so well known that people called him "Mr. Las Vegas" and could not imagine the city without him. People respect Wayne Newton's reputation as a decent man who cares about his fans. Wayne Newton will always be a part of the Las Vegas nightlife and entertainment scene.
After he became famous, Wayne Newton bought the Aladdin casino, adding a new dimension to his title as "Mr. Las Vegas." In addition, he was rich enough to buy a 50-acre mansion called Casa Shenandoah and an Arabian horse ranch. Wayne Newton hit a rough patch in 1992 when he declared bankruptcy and was in debt for $20 million. At the time, he was suing NBC for libel after the network claimed that the mafia allegedly helped him to buy the Aladdin. But Wayne Newton is so successful that he earned enough money to get out of debt and make it back to the top. Wayne Newton hits include "Danke Schoen," "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast," and "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." The song "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" reached #4 on the Billboard charts and was his biggest hit.
In 1999, Wayne Newton began a long run at the Stardust in Las Vegas. That ended in 2005 when the casino was preparing to be demolished, and Wayne Newton moved on to the Hilton. For his last performance at the Stardust, Wayne Newton went all out and sang all of his hits, as well as famous Vegas songs from other stars. In 2007, he joined the show Dancing With the Stars, but he was eliminated early in the season. Always a star in Las Vegas, Wayne Newton started a run of shows at the MGM Grand in October of 2008.
With a variety of talents, Wayne Newton can sing ballads, country, rock, and rhythm and blues. In addition, he plays several instruments and is an expert comic who makes the audience laugh with joy. Wayne Newton played a major role in the story of Las Vegas nightlife, and it's not too late to see this icon performing live.