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April celebrity celebrations

April 3: Light up — then blow out — 77 candles on the cake as we say danke Schoen for everything Wayne Newton — aka Mr. Las Vegas — represents as this town’s forever goodwill ambassador. Catch his classic performances through April, May and June at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace.

April 3: Find an old oak tree and tie 75 yellow ribbons around it to mark the birthday milestone of Vegas regular Tony Orlando, who returns to the South Point for an April 5-7 engagement. Or knock 75 times on the ceiling if you want him. But he’s probably out celebrating in the strawberry patch with Sally.

April 7: Though he bid us adieu in 2018 at age 73, Joel Robuchon left his masterful culinary mark on Las Vegas. The kitchen magic of the man once hailed as the “Chef of the Century” still makes our palates come alive at his exquisite eatery at MGM Grand.  

Shecky Greene poses for a portrait at the South Point showroom Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau)

April 8: Living legend/comedian extraordinaire Shecky Greene, who should be on a Mount Rushmore of Vegas entertainers, celebrates 93 years of shticking it to us. (Read a profile of Shecky here: https://www.lasvegasnewswire.com/this-is-a-shtick-up-at-92-vegas-legend-shecky-greene-still-a-comedy-tornado/)

April 14: Though he’s busy on TV co-starring on ABC’s Single Parents and lending his marquee value (and occasional on-stage performances) to his own comedy club at the MGM Grand, insult comedy king Brad Garrett can still find time to turn 59. Want his advice on aging? Just read his book, When the Balls Drop: How I Learned to Get Real and Embrace Life’s Second Half.

April 15: Country music had no greater face in Las Vegas — or anywhere in the world — than Roy Clark, who passed away in 2018 at age 85, leaving us with a legacy of beautiful musical memories. Oh, and Hee-Haw!

April 16: Give it up for bona fide royalty: Bobby “The Polish Prince” Vinton turns 84. Thanks to a certain David Lynch movie (with a really creepy, gas-sucking Dennis Hopper), don’t you still get a chill hearing him croon, “She wore bluuuuueeee veeeeeelvet …”

April 16: Those sultry pipes were silenced when she died in 1999 at age 59, but we’ll always display the look of love for sensual chanteuse Dusty Springfield.

April 22: He may have left us in 2017 at age 81, but here in Vegas — where he entertained so many for so long — the memory of Glen Campbell is forever gentle on our minds.

April 23: You want to take Vegas headliner George Lopez out to celebrate his 58th birthday? We think we know a place he’s never celebrated at before. “I never went to Chuck E Cheese!” Lopez says during an on-stage bit about his childhood. “My mom said ‘You wanna see a mouse? Pull the refrigerator out!’”

April 24: People? People who love the music of Barbra Streisand? Since she is still making music at age 77, they would have to agree that they are the luckiest people … in … the … world.

April 26: We’re betting that at age 77, “Wild One” Bobby Rydell is only getting wilder with age. Instead of “Happy Birthday,” belt out this instead: “You got the lips that I’m mad about / I got the lips that’ll knock you out / C’mon Wild One, be wild about me!”

April 26: He brought Magic Mike Live to Las Vegas. And as he celebrates turning 39, it’s clear that Channing Tatum knows a few things about birthday suits.

April 27: How will Paul “Ace” Frehley of KISS celebrate birthday No. 68? Why of course: He will Rock and Roll All Nite. … Duh!

Ann-Margret opening at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1977. (Las Vegas News Bureau)

April 28: Fifty-five years ago, at age 23, she made Las Vegas magic when she shimmied with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas. And Ann-Margret is still Vegas royalty at age 78. Bright-light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire… 

April 28: Chin up, Jay Leno — you’re still a Vegas comedy champ as you hit birthday No. 69. Accept our better-late-than-never good wishes when you return to town May 17 at the Mirage. 

April 29: Forever on the road — again and again and again — the age-defying Vegas veteran Willie Nelson turns 86. Take a quick hop to Harrah’s Laughlin to celebrate with him when he plays there on May 17.

April 29: Is it really possible that Jerry Seinfeld is turning 65? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, why don’t you tell him that when he returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on June 21 and 22?

April 29: Serve up some good wishes for a happy 49th birthday for Vegas native/philanthropist/tennis titan Andre Agassi. But if you throw him a party, try not to make too much of a racket.

— Steve Bornfeld

 

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