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by Sig Sakowicz
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Tony Bennett not only celebrated his birthday this month, but his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," celebrates its 40th year. Plus, his "Essential Tony Bennett" LP is coming out this month, covering his first half century of recording from 1951 to 2001...

Celebrate the music of Elvis Presley with the top tribute on the "Strip," Graham Patrick as the "King of Rock n' Roll" in "Legends In Concert" at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, center-"Strip." For more than 18 years, "Legends" has topped the impersonator world with the best Elvis' closing the show twice nightly. Patrick's amazing looks and swooning voice keep the ladies screaming for more. "Legends In Concert," which also features incredible look- and sound-alike performances of Tina Turner, Celine Dion, The Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and The Temptations, rocks the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. nightly, except Sundays. Call (702) 794-3261 for tickets...

As expected, the Tony Orlando show at the Orleans did big numbers July 19, 20 and 21. No surprises, just a super family-type show with a skillful salute to the Veterans of all wars. Musician-singer Kerry Kole deserves extra praise as his vocal salutes to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Led Zepplin stops the show with a standing ovation. Comedian Pudgy Coften, referred to as the female Don Rickles, and actor-gunslinger Nelson Sardelli were among the opening niters...

Wayne Newton's next gig at the Stardust is August 5-25, followed by "speaking of" Don Rickles August 29-September 1... Cher is back August 9 and 10 at the MGM Grand... Down in Branson, MO, the Mel Tillis Theatre has been sold to the Assembly of God, and a walkway at Silver Dollar City collapsed sending 21 people to the hospital.

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