Wayne Newton Net Worth
With a net worth of $100 million, Wayne Newton began his career in 1958 after being discovered by a booking agent in Las Vegas. The agent saw Newton on the Lew King Rangers Show, which aired locally. Newton and his older brother then went on to perform six shows a day for five years. In 1962 they were asked to perform on The Jackie Gleason Show. Throughout the show’s next two seasons Newton made 12 more appearances. By the mid 1960s he was also featured on Bonanza.
Music To His Ears
In 1972 Newton released a song called Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast, which sold more than one million copies. When a DJ started playing the song on her show, it quickly became even more popular and received nationwide exposure.
At a July fourth 1983 performance for the Mall’s Independence Day Celebration, Newton was booed by the crowd. This celebration had previously been banned when a member of President Reagan’s cabinet declared that the bands performing at it were encouraging drug use.
Starting in 1989 Newton had a stage show that aired as a Pay-Per-View called Wayne Newton Live in Concert. Instead of performing his well known songs he ended the concert by performing MacArthur Park. By 1994 Wayne Newton had performed on stage in Las Vegas for 25,000 shows.
Newton went on to sign a deal in 1999 in which he agreed to perform six shows a week, forty weeks per year at the Stardust Casino. The showroom he performed in was named in his honor. However, in 2005, there were plans to demolish the Stardust Casino, so the show was cancelled. After his run at Stardust Casino was over, Newton went on to perform 30 shows throughout the summer at the Hilton.
The Later Years
In 2001 Wayne Newton became the new USO Celebrity Circle chairman. By 2009 he had moved on to performing at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, though these performances were only held for six months.