This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Clint Holmes.
Two-time Grammy® nominee Clint Holmes will be performing “Holmes for the Holiday” in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center December 21-22 and then a special New Year’s Eve performance in Sam Town’s Live at Sam’s Town.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Holmes talks about performing in the moment; honoring the song no matter the size of the audience; the influence of Larry Moss, his director and acting teacher; growing as an artist; what he learned from his parents; and the impact of Las Vegas on his career.
The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically-trained British opera singer, Clint was raised with the best of two musical worlds. His 40-plus year career has taken him to the top of the charts, to concert halls, on TV screens, and also cemented his legacy as a veritable Las Vegas institution.
His big break came in 1972 when he released “Playground In My Mind,” a song that stayed for 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1986 to 1988, he served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on FOX’s “The Late Show.” He was also a musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” and as the host of his own Emmy Award-winning talk/variety show.
Since his move to Las Vegas, Clint has become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as a major star in the entertainment arena.