Talking With Lou Christie – December 27, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Lou Christie . To listen to the interview click below.

Lou Christie, who will be headlining at the Suncoast Showroom on New Year’s weekend, December 29 and 30,  began his chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer in a two-track studio in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania.  It was his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou’s first million selling song, “The Gypsy Cried,” transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into Lou Christie,  national teen idol, while still a teenager himself.

Over the decade of the 1960’s Lou followed success with greater success. “Two Faces Have I” was his next big hit, followed by his number 1 multi-million selling success “Lightning Strikes.”  Lou’s chart topping success continued with two more million selling hits, “Rhapsody in the Rain” and “I’m  Gonna Make You Mine.”  Rhapsody’s success was fueled by the fact that it was the first song banned on the radio due to its suggestive lyrics.

Highlights from Lou’s performing career include appearances on “Dick Clark’s Caravan Of Stars,” sharing 72 consecutive one-nighters with Diana Ross and the Supremes, and a command performance for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. Lou has shared the stage with many of the greats of Rock ‘n’ Roll including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.

Lou had an effect on music legends  Elton John, John Lennon, and Madonna.. Elton John played piano for Lou during Lou’s ‘London Period’ in the early 70’s and recorded Lou’s song, “She Sold Me Magic.” John Lennon repeatedly pointed out in his interviews that “Lou Christie was one of my influences,” and Madonna thanked Lou in the liner notes of her ten-million selling “Immaculate Collection” LP.



Talking With Mike Weatherford – December 20, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Las Vegas Review-Journal writer Mike Weatherford.  To listen to the interview click below.


Mike Weatherford is the entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which he joined in 1987.  He reviews Las Vegas shows and headliners on Friday in the Neon section of the R-J, and his entertainment column appears Sunday and Thursday in the Living section of the paper.  His postings appear at the Vegas Voice Blog.  Mike is the author of “Cult Vegas,” a look at the mystique of the entertainment capital of the world. He is a native of  Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter.

On twitter:  @Mikeweatherford



Talking With Deana Martin – December 13, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Deana Martin . To listen to the interview click below.


Deana Martin, who will be performing at The Smith Center, December 14-16, is an internationally acclaimed entertainer, performing to sold-out audiences worldwide. She is an accomplished actor and Top-10 recording artist.

In her best-selling book, “Memories Are Made Of This, Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” Deana  shares never-before-told stories about her father and his “Pallies” known as the Rat Pack.

In 2009, Deana released her hit CD “Volare,” working with multi-Grammy Award-winner Al Schmitt at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California. This year, Deana released her new Christmas CD, “White Christmas,” which features a duet on the title song with Andy Williams (his last recording).

Deana and her husband, John Griffeth, divide their time between Beverly Hills and Branson.



Las Vegas Notebook for December 3, 2012


December 3, 2012     Vol. 16 No. 41


Ozzy Osbourne celebrates his birthday Dec. 3rd.  Does anybody know how many candles go on the bat cake?


Some people didn’t sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon; their speed is more like the Waltz Las Vegas Marathon.


 Secretary of State Ross Miller sponsored a bill establishing a voter ID law in Nevada.  Will the legislators who vote on the bill have to show their ID?


 Nevada raised about $350, 000 from the sale of Lake Tahoe-themed license plates and is accepting applications for projects to be funded.  How about some money for water to fill up Lake Mead?


 The deadline for removing campaign signs is Dec 6th.  The deadline for removing campaign commercials should have been at the start of the campaign.

Edited by Lisa Mogel.  Copyright 2012 IDS Creative Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.