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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wayne Newton

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|by Amy Sapp |

Think you know Mr. Las Vegas? Think again

No one defines Las Vegas like Mr. Las Vegas. Wayne Newton has perfected his live performance with his latest Las Vegas spectacle, Up Close and Personal. And with ShowTickets, you can save big by booking in advance. After nabbing your ticket, read on for five fast facts you may not know about the consummate entertainer.

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Formerly the highest paid nightclub singer in Las Vegas
In the 1970s, Wayne Newton held the title as the highest paid nightclub singer on The Strip, beating out even Elvis Presley. In 1979, People Magazine noted, “Wayne Newton never plays to an empty seat.” The article, penned during the era of disco and burgeoning music sensations, revealed how Newton claimed to know his destiny as a performer long before stepping foot onstage: “By the time I was 6 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.”

Breeds Arabian horses
According to Newton in an article with Las Vegas Sun, “My two loves in life, from the time I can remember, were music and horses, and I couldn't decide which I loved more.”  In fact, Newton opened a horse ranch at Casa de Shenandoah Ranch named Aramus Arabians, which has housed over 700 foals bred by Newton and his family. Newton received the Arabian Horse Breeders' Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Opened for legendary comedian Jack Benny
At the start of Wayne Newton’s career, Jack Benny was acclaimed as one of the top comedians in the United States. He was best known for his witty comedic timing and his signature, exasperated remark, “Well!” When Newton first began to perform professionally, Benny sang his praises and actually hired him as an opening act. Eventually, Newton even appeared on the Jack Benny Show.

Johnny Carson feud
Believe it or not, Wayne Newton did not like Johnny Carson, calling him a “mean-spirited human being.” Not surprisingly, Carson often poked fun at Newton. Mr. Las Vegas did not take the accusations lightly. In fact, according to the Today Show, Newton went so far as to contact Carson’s agents, manager and attorney to voice his grievances. 

Plays self-taught instruments
In addition to his memorable vocals, Wayne Newton plays 13 instruments – all self-taught. Rumor has it that Newton forced himself to learn how to play several instruments in order to give his voice a reprieve during demanding live shows.

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