JACK JONES remains one of the classiest acts in show business.
Not only is Super Bowl Sunday the biggest betting day of the year, it is the most difficult for me. First, I never know which team to bet. Then I have to figure out where to party!
And it’s party after party after party: so little time, so many hors d’oeuvres. I try to go to the ones with the biggest television screens so I don’t miss any of the action, or close-up shots of the sideline reporters.
Indomitable singer Jack Jones — a singer’s singer, an entertainer’s entertainer — just made a quick two-night appearance at the Suncoast. I went both nights to witness what I consider an evening of what Vegas used to be.
Jack, a real star, a real gentleman called me at home (I guess passing out my phone number does pay dividends) to say he was giving an intimate party after the show. It was intimate all right, but my God, what a guest list. I was in the company of Clint and Brenda Holmes (she’s featured in Nevada Woman this month), and Lance Burton being gracious and divine doing close up tricks.
Also, Bob Anderson, who just pulled the plug on his show at the Stardust after 12 weeks. Bob is a great impressionist but it seems something failed him by not getting him the necessary exposure. I kept telling Bob they had Wayne Newton, though nowadays Bob might have the better pipes when he does his masterful impression of Newton.
That night Bob came on stage with Jack Jones and they did a Tony Bennett duo ”¦ oh, but I’ve got to get back to the dinner party.
Also at the table was Steve Rossi, still looking for another Marty Allen; Al Bernstein and his wife; Jack Jones and wife with their beautiful daughter. The daughter did Donkey Serenade and Jack did a tribute to his father, Alan Jones.
For those of you who may not remember or are just too young, Alan Jones was a stage and movie actor. Jack’s mother was the beautiful Irene Harvey. We laughed and talked and reminisced of the old Vegas, the Vegas I love.
Paige O’Hara and her husband Michael Piontek also gave a small dinner party. It was for the cast of Mamma Mia, which is opening in February at Mandalay Bay. Michael is a feature star of this production. Paige has a busy month ahead as a feature star in the upcoming Tribute to Carol Channing, Woman of the Year. The tribute is January 18 and also features Clint Holmes and Walter Cronkite among other talents. Following the event, Paige will be performing at the Four Seasons on January 20 at a fund raising show for the children of 9/11. Jimmy Hopper will join Paige.
We’re all waiting in anticipation for the opening of Charo, whom we love very much. The Sahara is going to miss her. As I said last week, there was a robbery, but everything is all well now (no, I didn’t lend her my wardrobe) and she’ll be opening at the Sevilla at The Desert Passage at the Aladdin. Sevilla is located where the Desert Passage’s old food court was located. This promises to be more than a nightclub. It’s a happening. Salsa music, Latin stars. There’s such a big Latin community here in Las Vegas. It’s growing fast, it’s economically stable, it’s for real.
We’re all waiting for Charo to be the hit of the season. John Stewart and Bill Moore produce Charo. Moore, who is a Las Vegas icon himself, produced Nudes on Ice and he’s part of the old Vegas guard.
Now for the heavy, heavy- duty gossip: Last Friday I was on the morning show on KISS-FM and Athena Matsikas, the on-air personality, was the interviewer. Well, they pulled the plug on her right after my appearance! Guess, she couldn’t handle me!