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20 facts about the «Midnight Idol» Wayne Newton

Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer!

The «Midnight Idol» as most American s call him is one of the best entertainers in Las Vegas and everybody wants to see one of his shows!

These are some facts you should find about about the performer:

    1. He was born April 3, 1942.
    2. His full name is Carson Wayne Newton.
    3. He was born in  Norfolk, Virginia.
    4. He is of Irish, German, and Native American ancestry.
    5. Wayne started learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar at age six.
    6. His older brother, Jerry, and him, started singing at local clubs when they moved to Newark, Ohio.
    7. In 1958, a Las Vegas booking agent saw Newton on a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show. He was performing with his brother and the agent took them back for an audition.
    8. They tried out for the audition and performed for five years, doing six shows a day.
    9. Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, Jack Benny and others supported  Newton at the beginning of his career.
    10. Newton signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust in Vegas, in 1999. The terms of the contract were calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him. Not bad!
    11. He is known by the nicknames «The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment».
    12. His signature song is «Danke Schoen».
    13. The road serving the main terminal of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is named Wayne Newton Boulevard in his honor.
    14. In 1968 he married his first wife, Elaine Okamura. They had one child and they divorced in 1985.
    15. His second wife, Kathleen McCrone, and him got married in 1994. They have a daughter together.
    16. He has two loves in life (besides his family)! Horses and music.
    17. He has an Arabian horse breeding program which is located at his Casa de Shenandoah Ranch and it is called Aramus Arabians.
    18. When he was young, he sold he bicycle and his parents video camera so he can buy a horse!
    19. Wayne Newton was given the Arabian Horse Breeders’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
    20. He released his first album with Capitol Records in 1963.


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