June celebrity celebrations
June 1: Pat Boone first gave Las Vegas an injection of wholesomeness in 1962, when he debuted at the Sahara. And at age 85, he’s just as wholesome.
June 2: Whose birthday is it anyway? That would be Whose Line Is It Anyway cast member — and frequent Vegas performer — Wayne Brady, who turns 47.
June 2: Dana Carvey, frequent stage partner of Jon Lovitz at SLS Vegas, is 64. Isn’t that special? He’s certainly w-o-o-o-o-rthy of our best wishes.
June 2: If you missed your chance to shower comic Jo Koy with 48th-birthday wishes when he was at the Wynn May 31-June 2, don’t worry. We’re sure he’ll be back.
June 3: Those dashing looks. That Bronx honk of a voice. That inimitable style. Tony Curtis made Vegas his home in his later life, lending us his movie superstar glow. We lost him in 2010 at age 85. But we’ll never lose the memories.
June 7: Doves cried — and so did we — when we lost Prince in 2016, at age 57. But his legacy lingers, including here in Vegas, where impersonators keep him in our hearts in shows like Legends in Concert.
June 7: What’s new pussycat, aka Tom Jones? It’s not unusual to send out birthday greetings to you from your second home here in Las Vegas. But at age 79, can you still gyrate in those famously tight pants?
June 7: Everybody loved Dean Martin sometime — in fact, we adored the beloved Rat Packer all the time. And even though he died in 1995 at age 78, we always will love him.
June 8: Speaking of extended Rat Pack family, is anyone buying new boots made for walking for Nancy Sinatra’s 79th birthday?
June 8: Can we still talk about Joan Rivers? The legendary comedian died in 2014 at age 81, but the memory of her pioneering comedy — much of it on Vegas stages — echoes on.
June 9: At age 88, we’re betting comedy king/Vegas vet Jackie Mason has lost nothing off his fast-quip fastball. Classic Mason: “Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows. Marriage does.”
June 9: Will the Flamingo’s Piff the Magic Dragon — aka John van der Put — celebrate birthday No. 39 by puffing on a magic dragon?
June 10: As he turns 54, Mirage headliner Terry Fator remains one of the hardest-working men in Vegas show biz. And he’s aided by the hardest-working puppets.
June 10: We said goodbye to her way back in 1969, when she was only 47. But somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland — who frolicked on the Sahara and New Frontier stages and even got hitched here in Vegas – is forever young.
June 12: Golll-llly! We still miss ol’ Gomer — aka Jim Nabors — who died in 2017, at age 87. But the Vegas regular was a Strip favorite, and the memory of his warmth and talent endure.
June 12: Damn that man could sing! Crooner Vic Damone departed in 2018, at age 89, but he had been gracing Vegas stages since 1971, including at the Versailles Room at the Riviera.
June 15: There’s a great reason — beyond ogling their famous female employees — to visit Hooters hotel-casino. And that’s to wish headliner Gordie Brown a happy 56th birthday.
June 17: Could it be magic? How else to explain that Westgate Las Vegas ironman-showman Barry Manilow is turning 76?
June 18: Yesterday, Paul McCartney was only 76. But now that seems so far away as he turns 77. Celebrate with the “cute Beatle” when he plays T-Mobile Arena on June 28-29.
June 18: With his boyish good looks, it’s hard to believe that Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris is 48. Appreciate his talents as the vocalizers put a spell on audiences at Terry Fator’s theater at the Mirage hotel-casino.
June 19: Any season is the right season to appreciate Four Seasons legend/Vegas resident Tommy DeVito. The original Jersey Boy marks birthday No. 91.
June 20: How do you celebrate your 70th birthday? If you’re Lionel Richie, you just start dancin’ on the ceiling. Join him for a little birthday boogie when he returns to us at the Encore Aug. 9-10.
June 20: Give a 74th Vegas birthday shout-out to “Snowbird” songstress Anne Murray.
June 20: You’ll have fun, fun, fun — even if your daddy takes your T-Bird away — if you visit newly-christened 77-year-old Brian Wilson when he hits the Joint at the Hard Rock on Aug. 31.
June 25: Vegas vet Jimmie Walker can still pack the comedy DY-NO-MITE! as he marks birthday No. 72
June 28: It’s good to be the 93-year-old king of movie comedy, as occasional Wynn showroom-storyteller Mel Brooks has been for decades.
June 30: Twin celebrations for “Iron Mike” Tyson. Two days before he turns 53 on June 30, Tyson can also celebrate the anniversary of the infamous “Bite Fight” when he took a nip out of Evander Holyfield’s ear on June 28, 1997, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. As for his birthday, perhaps he’ll invite us out to a nice restaurant — you know, for a quick bite.
June 30: Yes, she brought us indelible musical memories, capped by the immortal “Stormy Weather.” But Lena Horne, who passed from us in 2010 at age 92, was a racial pioneer here in Vegas. Famously, while performing at the Sands Hotel’s Copa Room during the Jim Crow era, Horne refused to drive across town to a boarding house, and was allowed to stay at the hotel instead.
Bravo, Ms. Horne. Thank you for pushing us forward.
— Steve Bornfeld