Even at a young age, Wayne was already a veteran of show business. He was just four when he settled on a life course. His parents has taken him to see a Grand Ole Opry road show in his native Roanoke, Virginia, and he watched, wide-eyed, as Hank Williams and Kitty Wells, among others, performed. When it was over he said to his mother, "That is what I want to do." "What?" she said. "That," he answered pointing to the stage.
"The Great One," Jackie Glean, was the first of many show business legends to form a real friendship and fall for this young entertainment dynamo and offer a hand. Lucille Ball had him as a guest a dozen times on her show. Bobby Darin brought him his first record hits, "Hear," "Danke Schoen," "Red Roses for a Blue Lady," "Summer Wind," and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife." (He also scored a #1 on "Daddy, Dont You Walk So Fast" and other single hits have included "Years," "She Believes in Me" and "While the Feelings Good"). Others giving him a special affection and support over the years would be Danny Thomas, George Burns, and Jack Benny. The latter helped make sure that in a day when lounge singers didnt move up to Vegas big rooms, Wayne Newton did.
Wayne broke all the hotels attendant records, and he has been synonymous with Las Vegas ever since. These days, the Wayne Newton name on the marquee of the Luxor Hotel finds hundred of fans winding in line toward the showroom nightly during his engagements. The spectacular production of Wayne live (which has brought him Entertainer of the Year for the past five years) has also coaxed reviewers and feature writers to tout it as the Las Vegas experience. Said Jim Greef in Spin Magazine "his show is the standard by which I will henceforth judge each future concert of any genre. Im not talking about camp, or kitch.. Im talking about full-blooded American entertainment."