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Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer, best known as Mr. Las Vegas. He also has a few other nicknames, including The Midnight Idol and Mr. Entertainment. Newton had a few bestselling hits from the 1960s to the 1980s, including “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast”, “Years” and “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”.
Newton was born on April 3, 1942 in Norfolk Virginia. His roots are quite diverse, since he has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German and Native American ancestry. His father was in the U.S. navy and that is where he picked up many instruments including the piano and guitar.
Many stars backed Newton at the start of his career. Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns and Jack Benny are just a few of the big names that supported him. One of his songs, “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”, was featured on the Canadian radio station CKLW and international success soon followed.
Newton was married two times. He got married for the first time in 1968 to Elaine Okamura. The couple had one daughter, Erin. Unfortunately the couple decided to call it quits in 1985. He then married Kathleen McCrone in 1994. The couple also had a daughter, Lauren Ashley Newton, but also got divorced in 2002.
Despite his success, Newton has encountered numerous financial troubles. He briefly was part owner of the Aladdin Hotel from 1980 to 1982, but his led to numerous lawsuits. Newton filed for bankruptcy ten years later with an estimated 20 million dollars in debt. After that, it seemed his financial woes had stopped for a short period of time, but problems rose again starting from 2009. Unpaid parking fees, deliveries and lawsuits eventually led him to put his mansion up for a whopping 50,000,000 dollars. Even though his success is undeniable, his financial woes will follow his forever.