A million happy memories are expected to surface this weekend when two legends, singer Jimmie Rodgers and singer/comedian Steve Rossi share the stage for afternoon performances Saturday andSunday atthe LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton). Rodgers rose to the top of the record charts in 1957, three weeks after recording his famous song “Honeycomb.” Rossi and former partner Marty Allen became the country’s Number One comedy duo, appearing over 40 times on the Ed Sullivan Show including three appearances with the Beatles.
Both Rodgers and Rossi share the distinction of having performed movie theme songs on Academy Award broadcasts. In 1958, Rodgers sang “The Long Hot Summer” from the movie of the same name. Joanne Woodward met and married her co-star, Paul Newman, on the set of the movie. Rossi performed “More (than the Greatest Love the World has Known)” in 1963 from the movie Mondo Cane.
In 1958, Rodgers toured 17 cities in 25 days with a caravan that included Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors, Eddie Cochran. He was scheduled to accompany Holly on the winter tour that claimed the lives of Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens but fell ill with pneumonia. Among Rodgers other hits are “Kisses Sweeter than Wine,” “Oh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again” and his version of “Waltzing Matilda” which remains a popular children’s song. The numbers speak of Rodger’s popularity: 21 Top 20 Hit records; 14 records in the Top 10; 8 songs reaching #1 on the charts. Rodgers move to his own theater in Branson, Missouri led to sell out performances over a 4-year period. After stepping away from the footlights, Rodgers once again answered the call of the stage performing to sell out crowds in 2011 and 2012 his home state of Washington.
Steve Rossi’s acting career began at age 6 in the movie “Going My Way” with Bing Crosby and two years later “The Jolson Story.” Rossi’s guest starred on the most popular television programs, appearing with Perry Como, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. He was a frequent guest on Hollywood Squares and Password and his appearance on What’s My Line, still available on YouTube, remains a classic. Behind the scenes, Las Vegan Rossi who was the “straight man” of the team, is regarded as one of the country’s finest joke writers. He is seen often at many neighborhood venues supporting local performers, always willing to step to the microphone to offer a song and a laugh. Rossi has produced 8 comedy albums and 11 albums of his music. In 1999, he was inducted into the Show Business Legends Hall of Fame.
Rodgers and Rossi take the stage at LVH both Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 at 4 PM. Tickets are available by calling (800) 222-5361.