A look back: Wayne Newton – “Promised Land” (1982) – MDA Telethon


Mr. Las Vegas – The Midnight Idol: Wayne Newton has appeared on our show countless times over the years- in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and of course in Las Vegas – where we have seen his show so many times at The Stardust Hotel, Harrah’s, Bally’s, and Caesars Palace. We really hope this Coronavirus ends soon so we can again watch his show at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace Las Vegas!

Our reporter: Garry Parmett has interviewed Wayne many times, but the best interview ever with Wayne ever was at The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 1998 during a Star-Studded Tribute to to the legendary Frank Sinatra after his passing. So we dedicate this show to Garry, Wayne, & Frank!

Our TV News crew that worked at this Gala 2 day event- in Las Vegas for The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala Tribute in 1998, and STILL are working for us now are: Steve Taylor, Garry Parmett, Wayne Benenfeld, Paul Walton, Heather Yoclauss, Dion Rich, and Tara Pirnia.  

In this 6 minute video clip Wayne Newton sings “Promised Land” during the 1982 MDA Telethon at Caesars Palace that I was lucky enough to be there in person ! “Promised Land” was used in the original “Men in Black” movie series, and in our TV promo back then.

Check out Wayne Newton as he sings, ‘Promised Land’ live during the MDA Labor Day Telethon! This is a Wayne Newton performance that you can’t afford to miss!

The MDA Labor Day Telethon was an enchanting yearly variety show that ran for half a century. Hosted for many years by Jerry Lewis, the telethon featured top stars from the world of music, comedy, and Broadway and was like no other show on earth.

The telethon was created to help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is leading the fight against muscular dystrophy. MDA dedicates itself to strength, independence and life. To learn more about MDA and to donate, please visit http://www.MDA.org.

Carson Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. His well known songs include 1972’s “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast”, “Years”, and his vocal version of “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”. His signature song “Danke Schoen” was notably used in the score for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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