IMO I think something funny happened along the way for Wayne Newton. Since learning of replacements, I'm submitting these photos for consideration whether he was replaced, or was he a victim of morphing through cosmetic surgery.
One thing I remember with Wayne when I was a kid, he sounded like a woman when he talked and sang. Maybe someone has answers to these questions.
Of course, someone may ask, "Why replace Wayne Newton?" But tell me how can he, of all singers, be the biggest thing in Vegas??
Yes he was weirdly girl-like, and with a female-sounding voice, from his teenage days in the 1960s when he first became famous. I remember seeing a clip of him singing/guitar-strumming this bizarre, obviously sexual, double-entendre song on "The Lucy Show" called "Bessie the Heifer": "by daylight she is pasteurized at night she get homogenized ..." surrounded by farm animals. Lucille Ball stood near him and clapped along.
Then his big hit (or his imposter's) was the creepy, german-filled, german-glorifying "Danke Schoen" ..... used in the soundtrack of that racist CIA-Hollywood scum John Hughes' movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" starring Nixon speechwriter and Yale professor arch-rightwinger Ben Stein (and son of a Nixon economic advisor).
Edit: a Wayne Newton "Danke Schoen" (1963) Beatles connection through german Bert Kampfert:
Bert Kaempfert From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Bert Kaempfert
Background information Birth name Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert Also known as "Fips" Born 16 October 1923(1923-10-16) Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany Died 21 June 1980 (aged 56) Majorca Genre(s) Easy listening, instrumental, jazz, big band Occupation(s) Orchestra leader, Composer Instrument(s) Accordion, clarinet, piano, saxophone Years active 1939–1980. Label(s) Polydor, Decca USA, MCA
Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; 16 October 1923 – 21 June 1980) was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records, and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, such as "Strangers in the Night" (originally recorded by Ivo Robiæ) and "Spanish Eyes".
He was born in Hamburg, Germany - where he received his lifelong nickname, Fips - and studied at the School of Music there. A multi-instrumentalist, he was hired by Hans Busch to play with his orchestra before serving as a bandsman in the [NAZI]German Navy during World War II. He later formed his own big band, toured with them, then worked as an arranger and producer, making hit records with Freddy Quinn and Ivo Robic. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on "My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Ain't She Sweet" and "Cry for a Shadow," in a session for Polydor, the Beatles' first commercial recordings.
Kaempfert's own first hit with his orchestra had been in 1960, with "Wonderland by Night". Many of his tunes became better known as hits for other artists:
"Strangers in the Night" (with words by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder, originally composed by Ivo Robiæ), was originally recorded as part of his score for the 1965 film A Man Could Get Killed. It became a #1 hit for Frank Sinatra in 1966.
"Wooden Heart," sung by Elvis Presley in the film GI Blues was a hit in 1961. A cover of "Wooden Heart" performed by Joe Dowell became a big hit in the summer of 1961, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, on August 28 of that year.
His instrumental "Moon Over Naples," when given words by Snyder, became "Spanish Eyes", originally a hit for Al Martino and also recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Presley, and many others.
"Danke Schoen", with words added by Kurt Schwabach and Milt Gabler, became Wayne Newton's signature song
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2008 7:48:30 GMT -5 by beatlies
Was researching mind control slaves and Wayne's name came up. The more I think about this dude, the more I get creeped out not only about replacements, but using guys to become women celebs, or vice versa.