Legend. Icon. American Patriot. World renowned, record-setting performer. The Midnight Idol. Mr. Entertainment.
No other name or person is so defining, representative or synonymous with Las Vegas and the entertainment capital of the world than Mr. Las Vegas himself--
Wayne Newton. Recognized and revered around the world, entertainment superstar Wayne Newton is known for his iconic signature song, “Danke Schoen” in addition to countless other top hit singles including, “Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “At This Moment,” “The Letter,” “Summer Wind” and “Years.”
Newton has recorded and released, to date, an astounding 165 albums in his career. In a volatile, unforgiving industry where careers and successes can appear and disappear like vapors, Wayne Newton resides atop the "Mount Rushmore of Entertainers" etched in music history.
Wayne Newton, who will make his historic and triumphal return to the landmark Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino this fall, has performed live in front of more than 40 million people during a record-setting run of 25,000-plus shows in Las Vegas, alone.
This remarkably gifted artist, who can perform 13 different musical instruments on stage, has done so throughout his career without ever being able to read a single note of music. Wayne’s rare and unique abilities only further epitomizes the wealth of talent, glamour and unquenchable energy that is--Las Vegas.
In addition to his live prowess on stage, Newton has long since established himself as an accomplished and sought after actor--both on television and the silver screen--having appeared in such memorable movies as “Vegas Vacation” and the classic James Bond thriller, “License to Kill.”
Born in rural Virginia, Wayne knew early on, at age four, that he was born to entertain. He had his first radio show at the age of six years old and then at the ripe old age of nine, he landed his first television show in Phoenix, Arizona--where his family had moved due to Wayne's childhood asthma affliction. Not to be detoured, the now 15-year-old professional entertainer soon found himself performing six shows a night/six nights a week on stage at the Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas. Young Wayne Newton was not legally old enough to be a customer at the casino/resort, but the now "seasoned" performer was certainly talented enough to be entertaining nightly in the city known as the epicenter of the entertainment world.
Blessed with an exceptional work ethic as well as the energy and heart to give 100% to each and every performance, Newton also displayed an innate gift and ability to “connect” with his audience each and every night--adeptly tailoring and crafting each show to the needs and moods of each individual audience. Wayne knew and loved his audiences and they responded in kind each night throughout the years.
Deep, heartfelt patriotism has always resided at the very core of Wayne Newton. He has made it his duty and honor to have entertained troops in every major conflict our nation has encountered since Vietnam--where he traveled to twice. Cited as one of his greatest personal honors, Wayne was named the "Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle," a passing of the torch from Bob Hope and the USO Commission to Wayne Newton in the year 2000. From 2001 through 2004, Wayne directed and participated in a total of 16 USO overseas tours. Newton was the first performer to entertain troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. President George H. Bush honored Wayne with a private reception at the White House in 2001 to salute him, thank him and show the nation's gratitude for his unwavering patriotism. Wayne Newton summed up his feelings about those who served with this quote: “Entertaining our men and women of the Armed Forces overseas has been one of the true highlights of my entire life.”
Wayne was also recognized by the United States Department of Defense when they bestowed upon him its highest civilian award for being the ONLY American entertainer to have performed in ALL of the respective countries of conflict. Wayne was deeply honored by this special acknowledgment.
Las Vegas--never a city to be outdone--made its own history when it saluted Wayne Newton by making him one of only two people to receive the city's own Medal of Honor. In addition, he was also named the "Ambassador of Goodwill" by the state of Nevada. The honors continued when Las Vegas McCarran International Airport’s main thoroughfare was renamed "Wayne Newton Boulevard." Las Vegas continues to honor Newton by naming him one of the “Top Three Entertainers of the Century--in Nevada and around the World” along with his dear friends and fellow performers, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Wayne Newton has an embedded star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the very first one etched into the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.
As you can see, Wayne Newton is "Mr. Las Vegas" for good reason. And he remains ever-present in the city he helped make famous.
You'll find him either on stage at The Flamingo, tending to his world famous Arabian horses, or in attendance at either a Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL hockey game or Las Vegas Raiders NFL football game...or ultimately doing something meaningful and important to help and support others in his city or for his country.
As one notable entertainment mogul once said: "Las Vegas without Wayne Newton is like Disneyland without Mickey Mouse."
Tony Orlando is one of America’s most endearing and beloved
iconic entertainers. 2022 finds Tony bringing his exhilarating energy, warmth
and humor to a tour of live concert shows across the nation as he celebrates
over six decades in the entertainment business. He is recognized by his peers
and the public - as simply the best! Grammy Nominee Tony Orlando has sold
millions of records, including Five #1 hit records: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round
The Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose” and
“He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).” He has 2 Platinum and 3 Gold albums and
15 Top 40 Hits. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” was the #1 Billboard top song of 1973 and
became Orlando’s theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope,
homecoming and renewal. Tony has performed for our armed services around the
globe and raised millions of dollars for veteran organizations. His tireless
work on behalf of our veterans led to his being named Honorary Chairman at the
40th Anniversary at the NAM-POW’s Homecoming Celebration at the Richard M.
Nixon Presidential Library in 2014. He serves on the Board of Directors for the
Eisenhower Foundation as well as Tribute to Valor Foundation, an organization
that inspires, impacts and influences young people. Tony also has hosted the
Congressional Medal of Honor dinner every year in Dallas to honor our Medal of
Honor recipients. He has also served as the Master of Ceremonies at the
Secretary of Defense Freedom Awards at the Pentagon. Most recently, on November
8th, 2022, Branson, Missouri Mayor, Larry Milton declared ‘Tony Orlando Yellow
Ribbon Day’ & presented a proclamation to Orlando during Branson’s Veterans
Homecoming Week. In 1993 he began his free Veterans Day Homecoming Celebration
at his Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre in Branson, Missouri for 20 years. He is
credited for helping bring some 175,000 veterans every year during the week of
November 11th. Orlando kicks off his sixty years in music and entertainment
with a series of new projects, including the release of “Timeless: The Big
Hits” on (via Time Life), that features re-recorded versions of his
million-selling songs as well as a bonus track, “America Is My Hometown.” Tony
debuted the new track on 77 WABC Music Radio during his weekly radio program,
“Saturday Nights with Tony Orlando”, which airs from 10pm to midnight and
streams worldwide on 77 WABC, which was also the first station to play
Orlando’s debut single, “Halfway to Paradise” when in his teens Tony was the
first vocal pop artist to sign with Epic Records and hit the national music
charts in 1961. Tony’s musical career has spanned reaching the pinnacle of
success in recording, television and the live stage. He has performed to
millions of adoring audiences, from entertaining troops on U.S. bases and in
Iraq and around the world to Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas and the White House. Tony
has performed for five U.S. Presidents. He is the recipient of The Bob Hope
Award for excellence in entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor
Society honoring his efforts on behalf of our nation’s veterans. 2023 is the
50th Anniversary of ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ and the celebration of the NAM-POW
Homecoming. Tony has been a part of their annual homecoming reunion for the
past 50 years and has been invited to perform that song again at the Nixon
Library since it welcomed the POWs home at the Cotton Bowl with Bob Hope in
1973. Few entertainers have excelled in so many realms as Tony has: a top
selling recording artist, songwriter, concert headliner, network television
star, Motion Picture actor, Broadway performer and author. Tony was also
General Manager and VP of CBS-Music Division April-Blackwood Music from
1966-1970. He represented such songwriters as James Taylor, Laura Nyro, Blood
Sweat and Tears and signed and produced Barry Manilow’s first recording and
represented James Taylor’s music publishing while working for the legendary
Clive Davis. The enormously popular Tony Orlando and Dawn television variety
show ran for four seasons, from 1973 to 1977, on CBS. The show catapulted Tony
Orlando and Dawn from popular recording artists into major stars. Tony Orlando
and Dawn was the first multi-racial singing group and Tony the first and only
Latin American to host a network variety television series. Tony Orlando and
Dawn rank among the Top 100 Billboard Magazine artists of All-Time. Tony is a
recipient of three American Music Awards and two People’s Choice Awards for
Best Male Entertainer. He was awarded the Casino Entertainer of the Year Award,
recipient of the “Best All Around Entertainer” Las Vegas which he has won a
total of five times, and previously four times in Atlantic City; For
outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry in 1990 Tony was awarded
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The American Eagle Lifetime Achievement
Award for Latin performers; The Ellis Island Medal of Honor one of the nation’s
most prestigious awards. And this year’s East Coast Music Hall of Fame’s
Lifetime Achievement Award. His decades of philanthropic work on behalf of our
Nations Veterans and their families as well as the Muscular Dystrophy
Association has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed support
over the years. Orlando has a wife Francine, A daughter Jenny and a son Jon.