2004-11-26 / Columnists

Wayne Newton At Westbury, November 28

“Mr. Las Vegas” – Wayne Newton will be appearing at Westbury Music Fair on Sunday, November 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster ticket outlets, and online at musicfair.com or cc.com.

The internationally acclaimed entertainer will not only sing the hits “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” and “Danke Schoen,” but will also perform on a number of musical instruments including piano, guitar, trumpet, banjo and fiddle! In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short-lived, Wayne Newton has performed live, at last count, to more than 30 million people. He has epitomized the talent, glamour, and energy that are Las Vegas - the entertainment capital of the world - for so long that this is what earned him the name, “Mr. Las Vegas!”

Wayne Newton’s well-known renditions of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and “Mack the Knife” are still highlights of his live performances. His shows invariably include medleys of hits from the catalogues of some of his favorite performers. Wayne’s album, Moods & Moments , features the rowdy “I Know So,” the romantic ballad “The Music That We Made,” and a song called “The Letter.” “The Letter” was brought to song by Wayne Newton from a letter written by his longtime friend, Elvis Presley.

Wayne was always a natural musician. He learned piano, guitar and steel guitar by ear with the help of a few lessons, and by the time he was six, he was doing a daily radio show before school. When he was in first grade, Wayne and his brother performed at a USO show for President Truman. Newton’s Vegas career began toward the end of high school, when a Las Vegas booking agent saw Wayne and his brother on a local television show and took them back for an audition. The “try out” lead to a two-week job that lasted 46 weeks. And the rest as they say is history.

Wayne Newton has recorded 140 albums to date, including the recent 6 CD box set, The Wayne Newton Dynasty Collection and is currently working on a triple disc set. Already this year Wayne has been a 1999 “Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient.” The medal is presented to outstanding American citizens who have distinguished themselves among their specific ethnic group and are recognized for their significant contributions to this country. In addition, he was also made an “Honorary Green Beret” at an event this past April at Ft. Bragg.

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