Wayne Newton is an American singer, actor, and performer with a $50 million dollar net worth. Wayne Newton is most known for his over 30,000 sold-out Las Vegas concerts as well as his musical successes including “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” and “Danke Schoen.” He first declared bankruptcy in 1992, and he nearly did it again in 2010, but his financial situation has since improved.
Early Life and Career
Carson Wayne Newton was born to auto mechanic Patrick Newton and Evelyn Marie Smith on April 3, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia. He started playing the piano, guitar, and steel guitar when he was six years old, and while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he began working in the entertainment business. When the family relocated to Newark, Ohio, Newton and his older brother started performing in theaters, clubs, and fairs. Due to Newton’s chronic asthma, the family relocated to Phoenix in 1952. He departed North High School right before his junior year was over. The brothers, also known as the Rascals in Rhythm, appeared on television programs like “Ozark Jubilee” and Grand Ole Opry roadshows. After that, they gave a performance for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. When he appeared on the “Lew King Rangers Show” in the spring of 1958, he was seen by a Las Vegas booking agent. Six presentations each day were performed by the brothers for five years.
Newton debuted in 1962 on the Jackie Gleason Show. He appeared in “Bonanza.” Newton’s first album, “Danke Schoen,” was published in 1963. It got No. 13 on the Billboard charts. This song became his signature and was used in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, and Jack Benny helped launch Newton’s career. Benny engaged Newton as his opening act, and he later headlined at the Flamingo Hotel. “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Far” sold 1 million copies in 1972. Newton replaced the Beach Boys and Grass Roots for the 1983 Washington Mall Independence Day event. James G. Watt, President Reagan’s Interior Secretary, banned rock concerts, alleging drug and alcohol use and “wrong ingredient.” Newton was a Reagan ally and GOP donor. On July 4, 1983, he was booed and cheered on the Mall’s Independence Day stage.
“The Letter” topped Cashbox Pop and Country in December 1992. For the first time ever, a Cashbox #1 didn’t make the Billboard Hot 100. Newton performed solo in Las Vegas in the 1980s and 1990s. 1994 was his 25,000th solo performance in Las Vegas.
Newton inked a 10-year deal with the Stardust Resort and Casino on the Vegas strip in 1999 to perform there 40 weeks a year, six concerts a week. Jack Wishna engineered the first “headliner-in-residence” agreement. The casino was dismantled in 2005 and the transaction was canceled. He did 30 shows at the Hilton that summer.
Newton launched “The Entertainer” on E! in January 2005. The winner got a position in his act and a year-long headline gig. Newton appeared on “DWTS” in 2007 autumn. Two-time winner Cheryl Burke was his partner. They were eliminated third. In the same year, Newton was Drew Carey’s first Price is Right guest. After a Las Vegas excursion, Newton appeared.
Newton won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2008, which honors community leaders. Newton debuted his Las Vegas act “Once Before I Go” in October 2009. He took a five-year break to spend time with his family and prepare for a Las Vegas residency. Newton returned to Bally’s Hotel in 2016 with “Up Close & Personal.” He sang and played 13 self-taught instruments.
Newton is known as The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas, and Mr. Entertainment. He’s performed in Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” over 30,000 times.
Elaine Okamura and Newton were wed from 1968 to 1985. Erin Newton, their only child, was born in 1976. In 1994, Newton wed attorney Kathleen McCrone. Lauren Ashley Newton, their only child, was born in 2002.
In order to reorganize his $20 million in debts—the majority of which he used up while fighting NBC for libel—Newton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1992. He asserted that the network had revealed his collaboration with the Mafia in the purchase of the Aladdin Hotel. The bankruptcy also included a $341,000 IRS tax lien. By 1999, he had financially recovered. However, the IRS sued Newton in August 2005, alleging that he and his wife owed more than $1.8 million in taxes and fines. Newton abandoned a $2 million private plane at the Oakland County Airport in Waterford, Michigan, more than three years earlier, according to airport officials in late 2009. They claimed Newton owed the airport more than $60,000 in unpaid parking costs. The jet had a $5,000 monthly parking cost. He failed to pay the fines, and as a result, the mold in the plane spread to the point that it rendered the aircraft unusable.