When Elvis Presley was still driving a truck, Wayne almost ten years his junior had already sung before a president, toured with a Grand Ole Opry road show and released his first record.
While the Beatles were still scrambling for their early Liverpool gigs, Wayne, who was two years younger than John Lennon, was playing Las Vegas and appearing on the Jackie Gleason and Lucille Ball television shows.
In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short-lived, Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 30 million people and on television and record to many times that number. He has epitomized the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas-the entertainment capital of the world-for so long that he is called “Mr. Las Vegas.”
Newton first made it into the Top 20 with "Danke Schoen," a score popularized by "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In 1965, Newton hit the charts with another up-tempo ballad "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." And his last major single came in 1972 with "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast." By this time, he had grown his trademark pencil-thin moustache, jazzed up his on-stage look and shifted his vocal range a bit lower.
Newton has often been asked to play himself, the quintessential cabaret performer, on television and in films. Sometimes, however, he has been able to take on a different role, such as in the 1989 James Bond film "License to Kill."
More recently, Newton has tackled the world of reality television. He launched his own reality competition, "The Entertainer," in 2005, to find the next great Las Vegas act. Two years later, Newton showed off his moves on "Dancing with the Stars," competing against the likes of actress Jane Seymour and singer Marie Osmond.
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