Singing impressionist Bob Anderson will return to Las Vegas and perform two special shows at the all-new Italian American Club, Saturday night, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. Anderson will be accompanied by a quintet led by his conductor Vince Falcone, former musical director and pianist for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. His show “Vegas...I Remember You” will pay musical homage to Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and a host of other Las Vegas stars who dominated the Vegas Strip for decades.
Anderson isn’t a native Las Vegan; however, he called the city home during his more than two-and-a-half decades headlining on the Las Vegas Strip with 12 years being at the Top of the Dunes. He was signed to a two-week engagement at the Dunes that turned into 156 weeks of sold out shows. His late night show became the hangout for all the top stars on the Las Vegas Strip.
It was well-known network talk show host Merv Griffin who actually launched Anderson into national prominence, after an appearance on his nationally syndicated television show with Nancy Sinatra. Griffin was impressed with the young singer and backstage had seen his ability to mimic other singers. Griffin took charge of Anderson’s future by writing his act and presenting him to the world “The Singing Impressionist.” All the talk shows wanted Anderson and Johnny Carson sent his talent coordinator to the Top of the Dunes to catch the show. Anderson was booked to appear the following Monday on “The Tonight Show,” and was immediately booked to return on Thursday of the same week. No one was ever asked back in the same week during Carson’s tenure. In all, he made seven Tonight Show appearances and became Carson’s opening act for a number of his Las Vegas engagements.
Anderson became a well-known entertainer all over the world and made appearances on more than 100 national and international talks show appearances, network variety shows and major telethons.
His most recent Las Vegas appearance was at the Smith Center Jazz Cabaret, and prior to that Anderson did a sold-out concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra at University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV.
The Italian American Club will be accepting dinner reservations prior to or after Saturday’s 8 p.m. show. Show tickets are $25. For ticket or dinner reservations, call 702-457-866.