Entries in las vegas history (51)

We introduce a new feature: Lost Vegas

We are introducing a new feature on our updated blog called Lost Vegas where we talk about the history of places that are no longer part of Las Vegas but remain part of our shared history.

We will offer images from private collections, history, old timer's memories and we hope you will share your memories with us as well!

It's all at ClassicLasVegasBlog.com

We kick off this feature with an in-depth look at the fabled, Green Shack restaurant,  a favorite of many, best known for its fried chicken (and in the early days), its bootleg whiskey.


Join us at our updated blog, ClassicLasVegasBlog.com for more history and images!

Gaming Pioneer Jackie Gaughan has died

Jackie Gaughan, the Las Vegas gaming pioneer who once owned the El Cortez, the Las Vegas Club and much of downtown, has died.

More at ClassicLasVegasBlog.com

The Huntridge Theater Making Progress

We have a new article up on the latest preservation efforts surrounding the venable Huntridge Theater, including an article by Las Vegas Sun reporter, Joe Schoenmann, on the rebranding of the building.



Read about it here: ClassicLasVegasBlog.com

Remembering the Beatles at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau


With everyone talking about the Beatles this week to celebrate their 50th anniversary of coming to America for the Ed Sullivan Show, we look back at August, 1964 and remember when the Beatles played the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Interviews with Stan Irwin, the man responsible (along with Herb MacDonald) for signing the Beatles, Don English, the Las Vegas News Bureau photographer who shot many of the iconic photos from that visit, Bill Conger of the LV Sheriff's Department who was working that night and those who were in the audience!

It's all up on the new blog at ClassicLasVegasblog.com

Las Vegas legend and singer Eydie Gorme has died



Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.

Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman.

Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953.

She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's Tonight Show in 1954, the young couple went with it.

They married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed for audiences there. Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died, Bragman said.

"Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence said in a statement. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

Although usually recognized for her musical partnership with Lawrence, Gorme broke through on her own with the Grammy-nominated "Blame it on the Bossa Nova." The bouncy tune about a dance craze of the time was written by the Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Her husband had had an equally huge solo hit in 1962 with "Go Away Little Girl," written by the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

Gorme would score another solo hit in 1964, but this time for a Spanish-language recording.

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