Monday, May 23, 2016

Native American Biography: Wayne Newton: Entertainer

Wayne Newton is a Las Vegas entertainer.  He has been referred to as Mr.  Las Vegas.  Hew was born in New Jersey, but his family moved to Arizona because of Wayne’s asthma.  Wayne Newton said his father was half Patawomeck and his mother half Cherokee.  However he is also a mix of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and German.  Wayne Newton began playing instruments as young as age six.  He and his brother were spotted by a Ls Vegas talent scout when he was a junior in high school.  He was offered a two week trial, and entertained in Vegas for five years.  Entertaining with his brothers, they opened for many acts, including Jack Benny.  He also appeared as a guest on many TV programs including Here’s Lucy and I Love Lucy, Bonanza (as a singing young man), Full House, L.A. Law and Vegas.  He has also appeared on numerous reality shows including Dancing with the Stars and The Amazing Race.
Musically he has performed for many years, mostly in Las Vegas.  Recording successes include, “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Danke S:choen,” “Red Roses for a Blue Girl,” and “The Letter.” 
He has been heavily involved in USO concerts and was chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle after Bob Hope.  He also performed in Washington D.C. at the Great Mall while Ronald Reagan was president.  He has also supported Native American causes and has held concerts and benefits on their behalf.  He was awarded the entertainer of the years at the first Native American Music awards program.
Wayne Newton Concert


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