Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall presents An Evening of Pop and Doo Wop inside the 750 seat Sam’s Town Live! venue on Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. The evening of music stars Sonny Turner, former lead singer of The Platters; Terry Johnson’s Flamingos and Danny and The Juniors.
Turner burst onto the national music scene in 1959, when he was chosen from among 100 prospects to INSERT The Platters’ original lead singer Tony Williams. Starting at the young age of 19, Turner toured the world with The Platters and gained popularity as the new sound of the group, with such hits as “I Love You 1000 Times,” “With This Ring” and “Washed Ashore.” He also re-recorded the groups’ major hits including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “The Magic Touch.”
In 1970, Turner left The Platters to pursue a solo career that brought him international fame. In doing so, he established his own fan base and following. Turner later lent his voice to such films as Nutty Professor II, starring Eddie Murphy, and Hearts in Atlantis starring Anthony Hopkins. In 2005, Turner received The Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment Award in Las Vegas. He was also inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and The Doo Wop Hall of Fame of America for his musical contributions to The Platters.
Terry Johnson brought his sound and talent to The Flamingos in 1956 with his first arrangement of music and vocals on “The Ladder of Love.” He continued with writing and arranging with “Lovers Never Say Goodbye,” “Mio Amore,” “At The Prom,” “Heavenly Angel” and “You, Me and the Sea,” along with his unforgettably beautiful production and arrangement of “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
Johnson arranged the music, vocals and sang tenor on all of the songs on the albums Flamingo Serenade, Requestfully Yours and Flamingo Favorites. Johnson has parlayed his success, sound and legacy with Terry Johnson’s Flamingos. The group is a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Danny And The Juniors began singing together in the early ‘50s at ages 13 and 14 in Philadelphia, performing at school dances, local clubs and restaurants. Their first hit song “At The Hop” made the group an international sensation, topping the pop, country and R&B charts. The song stands today as the No. 23 all-time biggest record according to Billboard magazine’s list of No. 1 hits. Follow up hits include, “Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay,” which became an anthem of the era, “Twistin’ USA” and “Pony Express.” These were the first of a string of 11-charted recordings.
Their latest albums are the 1992 MCA’ release Rockin’ With Danny And The Juniors and the 1997 collectibles release Danny And The Juniors – Classic Golden Greats.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $19.95 and $24.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Coast Casino Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777 or by visiting www.samstownlv.com.
About Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, located at 5111 Boulder Highway, is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation. Sam’s Town features 12 restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and Mystic Falls Indoor Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 30 table games, more than 2,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge and newly renovated poker room and race and sports book. For more information visit www.samstownlv.com.