Final Encore Performance Before the Holidays!!!

The final encore performance before the holidays  of The Story of Classic Las Vegas is scheduled for this Saturday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm.

This is the story that rarely gets told.

 

This is the story of the men and women who helped turn a dusty railroad town into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Hear from the men and women who grew up here, who helped carve a city out of a dusty railroad town and who helped turn that city into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Here is the trailer:

nd don't forget our Special Holiday Sale: 

Don't forget our Special Sale on The Story of Classic Las Vegas is still going on! Details can be found here:

Special DVD Sale

Classic Las Vegas Spotlights Shecky Greene

From December 4th-Feb. 14th, 2015, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas News Bureau and the City of Las Vegas are presenting an exhibit at the Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery called The Midcentury Las Vegas Stage: Acts that Built the Entertainment Capital of the World. 

Be sure to check it out for some rare, candid photos of this bygone era.

Don't forget our Special Sale on The Story of Classic Las Vegas is still going on! Details can be found here:

Special DVD Sale

 

"Shecky Greene was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping the hotel (the Riviera) in business." recalled Riviera publicist Tony Zoppi.  "He consistently brought the high rollers to his show and to the hotel."  

Shecky Greene is one of kind.

He was on the opening bill with Elvis Presley, when the young singer opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra at the Frontier Hotel in 1956.

He rotated as part of the "Party That Never Stopped" at the Casbar Room at the Sahara Hotel where the line-up included Don Rickles and Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses. It was the hottest room in town in those days.

He came onstage one night at the Casbar dressed only in a robe, laid down on the stage and did his act from there. Buddy Hackett, sitting in the audience, was so taken aback, he stripped down to his boxers and joined Greene on stage.

Greene's antics are legendary in the annuals of Classic Las Vegas Strip history. One night he was performing in the lounge at the Riviera where he did not get along with owner Ed Torres.

The animosity between the two was so intense that Greene told staffers to keep Torres out of the lounge when he was on stage.  Greene got the news just before he went onstage that they were relocating the lounge and turning the current lounge into a Keno Parlor.  Greene took the stage with a pick-axe in hand and spent his show chopping the stage into souvenirs and passing them out to the audience.  The next day Ed Torres, unaware of what Greene had done the night before, called to say that they were putting the construction plans on hold.

Greene's exploits at the hotel are legendary.  He was fired numerous times but the Riviera could not afford for him to stay fired.  As often as they would fire him, they would hire him back.

Greene was one of the biggest draws in town.  His unpredictability along with his stream of consciousness kept the audience on their toes.  They never knew what mood he would be in or what routines he would have in his act. His improvisational style had many thinking he just made up as he went along.  The Riv was paying him $20,000 a week with a 26 week guarantee.  He was the late-night anchor in the lounge and it was usually standing room only every night.  

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Classic Las Vegas celebrates Louis Prima

Louis Prima- renowned bandleader, musician and songwriter -Sing, Sing, Sing-became a Las Vegas icon.

 

He was born on Dec. 17th, 1907 to a musical family in New Orleans. His mother made sure that all of her children were musically inclined. Prima grew up playing a hand-me-down coronet from his older brother, Leon.

He dropped out of high school and hit the road trying to make a living as a musician. He had his first national hit in 1935 with The Lady in Red. He and comedienne Martha Raye- who hoped to also be a singer- became good friends and Prima made his national  debut on The Fleischman Hour.

In 1936, he recorded Sing, Sing, Sing which became a boffo hit for Benny Goodman. When WWII broke out, Prima was unable to enlist because of a knee injury. Prima continued performing throughout the war years even playing for one of President Roosevelt's birthday parties.

He also was on his third wife by the end of the war. He had expensive tastes in clothes and food and loved to play the ponies. But big time success kept eluding Prima.

In 1948, a young 17-year old singer named Keely Smith auditioned as a replacement for singer Lily Ann Carol.

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We are having a Special Sale!!!!

Just in time for the holidays!!!!

We are offering a special sale to coincide with our debut on VegasPBS (Channel 10) and just in time for the holidays.

Buy two Story of Classic Las Vegas: An Overview DVDs and get the third one for less than half price.

Total would be $60 for all three and that includes Free Shipping, a savings of $15.

Use the Promo Code (in the Coupon section) - A Special Sale- when going through the check-out process.

We will also add a Classic Las Vegas beefy t-shirt (black with our logo) for free while they last.

Perfect as gifts or stocking stuffers for those Las Vegas fans in your life!

Here's the link:

http://classiclasvegasblog.com/shop/

 

Remember, you are helping to preserve history with your purchase!

 

The Story of Classic Las Vegas encores tonight at 10:00 on VegasPBS

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada!!!

 

Tonight, VegasPBS (Channel 10) encores our first person historical overview, The Story of Classic Las Vegas.

Hear from the men and women who grew up here, who helped carve a city out of a dusty railroad town and who helped turn that city into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

This is their story, the one that rarely gets talked about when people talk about Las Vegas.

We enjoyed talking with and interviewing all of the people who contributed their stories and their personal collections and we are thrilled that VegasPBS is sharing this story with all of Las Vegas!

Tune in tonight, Oct. 31st at 10:00 pm,  to see the encore with more screenings throughout the month of November.

Here is the trailer:



Here is the broadcast schedule:

Here is the broadcast schedule:

Thursday, October 30 at 9 p.m.

On Nevada Day, Friday, October 31 at 10 p.m.

Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 22 at 5 p.m.

 We also have a few overnight plays (so set those DVRs!!)

Friday, October 31 at 2 a.m.

Saturday, November 1 at 3 a.m.

Monday, November 3 at 4 a.m.


Please let us know what you think!