Cult Vegas: The Weirdest! The Wildest! The Swingin'est Town on Earth!

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In Cult Vegas, Mike Weatherford has resurrected the mystique of Las Vegas' Golden Age - and the 60's-cool of history and legend. This gorgeous entertainment retrospective introduces Sin City’s hipster legacy to new generations of Vegasphiles. Meet '50's and '60's lounge greats the Treniers , the Mary Kaye Trio, and Louis Prima and Keely Smith; comedy legends Joe E. Lewis, Shecky Greene, and Don Rickles; and Vegas "babes" Vampira, Lili St. Cyr, Ann-Margret, and Tempest Storm. Weatherford also covers nearly every ...
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Overview

In Cult Vegas, Mike Weatherford has resurrected the mystique of Las Vegas' Golden Age - and the 60's-cool of history and legend. This gorgeous entertainment retrospective introduces Sin City’s hipster legacy to new generations of Vegasphiles. Meet '50's and '60's lounge greats the Treniers , the Mary Kaye Trio, and Louis Prima and Keely Smith; comedy legends Joe E. Lewis, Shecky Greene, and Don Rickles; and Vegas "babes" Vampira, Lili St. Cyr, Ann-Margret, and Tempest Storm. Weatherford also covers nearly every offbeat movie ever made about Vegas, as well as Elvis and Frank's impact on the town. Cult Vegas is packed with showroom esoterica, descriptions of near forgotten corners of Vegas cult musicology, odd trivia, and unsung heroes of a bygone era. Cult Vegas chronicles the major moments - the camp, the extreme, the awful in short, the magic of Las Vegas' half-century run as an entertainment mecca.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929712710
  • Publisher: Huntington Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 552,486
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Frank's Room: starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. featuring Jack Entratter, Judy Garland, Peter Lawford, Jerry Vale, Paul Anka, and Wayne Newton 9
Vegas Goes Legit 22
Frank and Lefty 32
Sinatra: Humanitarian and Lifesaver 35
The Beatles in Vegas 41
The All-Night Party: starring the Mary Kaye Trio, Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera, the Treniers, Freddie Bell, Sonny King, Pete Barbutti, the Checkmates, and Cook E. Jarr 45
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! 52
Esquivel: Space-Station Vegas 57
Guess Who? 68
Exotica! 72
Diamond Dave: The Eternal Gigolo 76
Vegas Rediscovered 82
Comedy on the Rocks: starring Joe E. Lewis, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, Don Rickles, Totie Fields, Redd Foxx, and Sam Kinison 85
A Night on the Town 94
Foster Brooks: So Real He Hiccups 101
H-e-e-e-re's Johnny! 104
Drawn Out in Vegas 115
The Comeback Kid: starring Elvis Presley featuring Sammy Shore, Tom Parker, Priscilla Presley, Bobby Darin, and Joe Guercio 117
The Odd Couple 122
Elvis Shows in Vegas 137
Tom Jones: The Eternal Sex Machine 139
The Las Vegas Drive-In 145
The three classics
Ocean's Eleven 146
Viva Las Vegas 156
Diamonds Are Forever 164
Decade by decade 171
The '50s: The Atomic Kid, The Amazing Colossal Man 171
The '60s: The Grasshoppper, Hell's Angels '69 174
The '70s: The Night Stalker 178
The '80s: Rocky IV, Over the Top 185
The '90s: Honeymoon in Vegas, Indecent Proposal 186
Fear the Worst: The three stooges: Las Vegas Hillbillys, Lookin' to Get Out, Showgirls 195
Cult value: The best of the rest: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Best of the Best II, Con Air, Cool World, Corvette Summer, The Electric Horseman, Elvis and Me, The Gauntlet, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Kill Me Again, Las Vegas Story, Las Vegas Weekend, Lost in America, Mars Attacks!, Meet Me in Las Vegas, One From the Heart, The Stand, Swingers, Things Are Tough All Over, Vegas, Vegas Vacation 200
Vampires in Vegas 180
Vegas Movies and Me 189
As Seen on TV 214
Vive Les Girls: starring Lili St. Cyr, Tura Satana, Regina Carrol, Dyanne Thorne, Angelique Pettyjohn, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Charo, Juliet Prowse, and Ann-Margret 219
Photo Credits 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Forwarded with permission from Joe Bob Briggs 'The Vegas Guy'

    This informal history of Vegas entertainment is the best book on the subject, the product of a Vegas-phile's 14 years of reporting for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Weatherford chose to tell the whole story of the city through its entertainers, and as history it feels exactly right. He's got the precise date that the first bare breast was uncovered in the city, as well as the cost of Liberace's wardrobe on the night of his debut. Nothing here about gangsters or gambling or byzantine Nevada politics, but who would think you could write a chapter about Frank, Dean and Sammy and make it as fresh as though you were sitting at the Dunes in 1959? In fact, the opening chapter--telling Frank's story one more time--is as fine a history of the Las Vegas showroom as you're ever likely to read. He then follows up with expansive essays on the origins of the Vegas lounge. (Louis Prima gets the major credit, of course, but he also remembers that Prima was preceded by the Mary Kaye Trio, which started the midnight-to-dawn style of improvisational lounge entertainment that would become a Vegas trademark until it was watered down in the seventies to the level of Bill Murray's 'Saturday Night Live' lounge lizard singing 'Star Wars.') Before the era of comedy clubs, but after the age of burlesque, Vegas was pretty much the only place for top comics to work, and Weatherford dispenses that history through the lives of what he calls the big three: Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene and Don Rickles. What, no Joe E. Lewis? Weatherford actually convinced me that Joe E. does not belong on the list, mainly because he was popular with the Vegas founders but never that big a star to the public. One very helpful aspect of this history is that Weatherford has gone deep into the morgue, poring over old microfiche and faded yellow clippings, to show the ups and downs of familiar careers. (For example, he reproduces a rare ad for Elvis' April 1956 debut at the New Frontier, where he's third-billed. Second billing is Shecky Greene. And the headliner? Freddy Martin and His Orchestra!) I could quibble with some of Weatherford's choices. Tom Jones is a sidebar in the Elvis chapter, but shouldn't that be Wayne Newton? His chapter on showgirls is fascinating--going into the lives of such forgotten beauties as Lili St. Cyr, Dyanne Thorne (better known as 'Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS'), Charo, Juliet Prowse and Mamie Van Doren--but it doesn't give enough credit to the hundreds of girls who have passed through the Tropicana's Folies Bergere, the longest-running show of them all. Still, there are so many gems that you can't stop reading. His section on TV stars who have tried to do Vegas shows--a list that includes Irene 'Granny' Ryan, Monty Hall, Suzanne Somers, Mary Hart and Tony Danza--is devastatingly funny without being mean-spirited. And you can sense his genuine affection for such Vegas institutions as Ann-Margret, classiest of all the dames ever to hit town, and the Chairman of the Board. He also remembers the truly tragic characters like Totie Fields, Redd Foxx and Sam Kinison, without getting maudlin or melodramatic.

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