Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
January 10-16, 2002 ARCHIVES
Backstage LIVE with Gary & Connie
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by Larry Houck
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There wasn't a dry eye in the place as Gary Campbell and Connie Ross kicked off their 10th year broadcasting "Backstage Live" national radio and television show at the Imperial Palace Hotel Casino last Saturday night.

Ted "Boss Man" Cash, a favorite guest of the "Backstage" family, summed up the show's style with a beautiful rendition of "My Way" to close out the first hour. Ted's smooth vocals can be found on four CDs available on his website, www.tedcash.com.

"The King Of The Congas," King Errisson, dropped in to perform with his band throughout the show. His amazing career includes session work with such artists as Michael Jackson, Tony Orlando, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Barry Manilow and many more. He has been a part of Neil Diamond's band since 1976, while at the same time, releasing 12 of his own albums.

Singer/songwriter Quiton Stephenson stopped by to talk about his experiences, including winning the Wendy's "Search For Sizzlin Sounds" contest in which he beat out 1500 entries for the top prize. You can hear a sample of his songs at QSMUSIC.com.

Author Joseph Squatrito discussed his new book, "A Desert of Sin," which tells the story of a famous Las Vegas hotel that was closed by the F.B.I. for being under Mafia control from the late 1960s to 1980s. Squatrito has been a successful businessman for more than 30 years, a national educator and speaker and is also an inventor who holds two United States patents. "A Desert of Sin," his first book, is available through Barnes & Noble, Walden Books, Bookstar and at www.atlasbooks.com.

Cherico dropped in for a song, taking a short break from his performances at the Kabuki Lounge, just inside the front door of the Imperial Palace. Live entertainment keeps that lounge rockin' nightly from 4:30 p.m.

Performing twice nightly, except Sundays, as Ritchie Valens in "Legends In Concert," Ray Anthony stepped in to the Grand Salon and entertained the live "Backstage" audience. Anthony's incredible voice and fantastic guitar playing keep him returning to the Imperial Theatre to keep the toes tappin' to such hits as "Oh Donna" and "La Bamba."

Last, but not least, Mike Horn, president of Cable Radio Network, came by to celebrate a late New Years with the "Backstage Live" crew. Cable Radio Network broadcasts audio on cable television stations around the country.

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