Newton in concert in 2012
|Birth name||Carson Wayne Newton|
|Also known as||Mr. Las Vegas, The Midnight Idol, Mr. Entertainment|
April 3, 1942 |
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, steel guitar, piano, percussion|
On any given night – there are nights that you feel better. There are nights that you are vocally better. There are nights that you are not as vocally good. No question about it.
I have been involved with the USO really my entire life. The first show I did for the USO, I was nine years old.
But one man never laughed. He was a giant among men. He was Bobby Darin and he was my friend.
Las Vegas and I both grew up together, and all of a sudden I was doing things that no performer had ever done before.
When I come offstage, if I've done a bad show or had a bad night, the fact that everybody was standing at the end or three or four times during the show means nothing to me. I know I could have done a better show.
If it were not for the bad things that've happened to me, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
When you think about those of us that live the life that we want to live, we can thank absolutely and completely our men and women in uniform. Because if it were not for them, we wouldn't enjoy the freedoms that we have.
You can take of a man's money, but when it's all said and done, you've only taken his money.
I miss the personalization that Vegas was – there were showroom captains and all the dealers knew the gamblers by their first names.
Sure, I've been a victim, but in retrospect, most of it has been of my own making. I allowed it to happen.
All of our early hits, 'Danke Schoen' and 'Red Roses,' were produced by Bobby Darin.
You have to go through those mountains and valleys – because that's what life is: soul growth.
Elvis and I were very good friends. We were such good friends that, on the day that he passed, I was the first one his father called, to let me know what had happened.
There are people who are surprised at my politics and being a conservative and the rest of it. But the truth of the matter is, to my knowledge, I have never been overlooked or turned down for anything that I wanted to do that was being offered to me.
Johnny Carson was a mean-spirited human being. And there are people that he has hurt that people will never know about. And for some reason, at some point, he decided to turn that kind of negative attention toward me. And I refused to have it.
One night I went to see Bobby at the Flamingo. Because he was my hero, I would visit him for inspiration.