No name is more synonymous with Las Vegas entertainment than Wayne Newton, whose singing career began there when he was 15 years old. A native of Roanoke, Va., Newton began performing at age 6. A booking agent discovered Newton during high school while performing on a local television program, which led to a regular show in Las Vegas and national appearances on the Jackie Gleason Show and Lucille Ball Show.
Appearing for the first time as a headliner in 1963, Newton cemented his place as "Mr. Las Vegas," breaking all hotel attendance records at the Flamingo Hilton and has continued to break and set records to this day. By 1994, he had performed 25,000 shows in Las Vegas alone.
In 1999, Newton signed a history-making long-term contract to perform in the newly renamed Wayne Newton Theater at the Stardust Resort and Casino, where he performed seven shows a week, six nights a week, 40 weeks a year before sold-out crowds. Newton left the Stardust in 2005, and puncuated a renewed touring schedule with regular stints in his desert hometown.
In addition to his work as an entertainer, for which he has received numerous honors, Newton is an actor and outspoken gaming advocate who has always been committed to charitable causes. He has recorded 142 albums to date and performed live before more than 30 million people.