March celebrity celebrations
What happens at wild-and-crazy Vegas birthday parties, stays at wild-and-crazy Vegas birthday parties. Let the wild-and-craziness begin:
March 1: Daaaaaay-O. Day-ay-ay-ay-O. We just wanted an excuse to sing that because Harry Belafonte, whose history in Vegas dates back to hangin’ at the Riviera in the 1950s, is 92. Oh, and Harry? Happy Birth-Daaaay-ay-ay-ay-O!
March 3: He’s the Boss of Cakes, including here in Vegas, and this year, Buddy Valastro’s birthday version needs to squeeze 42 candles into the icing.
March 5: Wish a magical No. 64 to Rio prestidigitator Penn Jillette. His partner Teller will jump out of a cake. The trick: Teller was already in it before they started baking.
March 6: Who’s on first? That’s always Lou Costello. Though he’s a forever member of the comedy team hall of fame via his partnership with Bud Abbott, Costello also made his mark on Vegas stages as a solo cutup before his death in 1959 at age 52. Everybody, now: Hey Abbooooooott!
March 6: Mary Wilson is a supremely talented Supreme at any age. But we can certainly STOP — in the name of love — to wish her a happy 75th birthday.
March 9: Even though we lost her in 2017 at age 89, Keely Smith remains a Vegas jazz legend. Forever may she reign.
March 10: Synonym for fine dining in Vegas? Nobu. Synonym for fine dining superstar? The eatery’s now 70-year-old namesake, Nobu Matuhisa.
March 10: Abracadabra — somehow longtime Vegas magician Lance Burton just pulled his 59th birthday out of a hat.
March 11: You can only imagine the kind of birthday goodies they’re cookin’ up at the Bootlegger Bistro, where its owner, former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt-Bono, is celebrating birthday No. 80.
March 12: Put down the knitting, the book and the broom and wish frequent Vegas stage-prowler Liza Minnelli a happy and healthy 73rd birthday.
March 13: “Tra la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,” happy birthday, sweet 16” — just tack on another 64 years and it’s an 80th happy birthday wish for Vegas perennial Neil Sedaka, who dropped in to The Orleans hotel-casino for another quick visit just last month.
March 14: Everyone’s favorite pop-jazz maestro, Quincy Jones — who can tell you stories about kickin’ back in Vegas with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie all the way back in the 1960s — turns 86. And he’s still the coolest cat around.
March 15: Don’t worry, baby. Everything will turn out all right as Mike Love of Vegas faves The Beach Boys — who recently dropped in at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts — turns 78.
March 16: We lost him in 2017 at age 91, but longtime Las Vegan Jerry Lewis will forever remain the world’s nuttiest professor of far-out, full-bore comedy — a true legend who literally owns two words of the English language: Hey Laaaaaaady.
March 16: He and his fiddle and his rim-shot, Borscht Belt shtick left us 21 years ago at aged 91, but let’s take the memories of Vegas lounge kibitzer Henny Youngman’s one-liners — please! — and laugh at them to this day.
March 16: Give a 70th birthday shout-out to Caesars Entertainment Corp. Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility Jan Jones Blackhurst — who nobly served Las Vegas as its mayor from 1991-1999.
March 16: Epicurean emperor Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the shining lights of the Vegas foodie scene, remains a French-bred dean of delectable delicacies at age 62.
March 24: Happy 66th birthday to one of the big guys of Vegas comedy, Louie Anderson, whose routines have always been refreshingly self-deprecating, as in this quip: “My first words were, ‘Seconds, please.’”
March 25: We lost her in 2018 at age 76. But our R-E-S-P-E-C-T to frequent Vegas drop-in Aretha Franklin is eternal.
March 25: Happy B-B-B-Bennie-and-the-Jets-style 72nd birthday to the Rocket Man, Elton John, the ex-Caesars headliner who simply won’t let the sun go down on a career that brings him back to Las Vegas Sept. 6-7 at T-Mobile Arena.
March 25: Happy Mayoral Birthday to you. Happy Mayoral Birthday to you. Happy Mayoral 80th Birthday dear Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Happy Mayoral Birthday to you.
March 26: Ain’t no mountain high enough to ever keep Vegas regular and new 75-year-old Diana Ross from us.
March 26: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 71? Pfft. Dream on, man. Dream on.
March 27: Hey, newly-minted 49-year-old Mariah Carey, all we ever want on our Vegas stages —at Christmas or any time of year — is you.
March 28: She’s 64? Reba McEntire looks about half that age, romping around on stage with Brooks and Dunn, all three of whom will re-romp into Caesars Palace June 26-July 6.
March 28: Don’t worry about getting a present for Vegas’ latest residency superstar, Lady Gaga, for her 33rd birthday. Hollywood just took care of that, gifting her with some sort of gold knickknack.
March 29: Memo to the Senate: Pass a resolution wishing Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto a happy 55th birthday.
March 30: She may be 51 but that voice goes on and on, keeping Vegas superstar Celine Dion’s magic ageless.
March 31: From Vinnie, Horshack, Epstein, Washington and all the gang — and us here at Las Vegas Newswire — a happy 74th birthday to Mr. Kotter, aka Gabe Kaplan, always a welcome (back) figure on Vegas stages and at our poker tables. Wait, you expected a gift? Hey, up yer nose with a rubber hose.
— Steve Bornfeld