Editors note: In no way is this video meant to convey the actual events depicted in this description but it has relevance.
In 1974 I was asked to serve as entertainment chairman for and produce “An Evening With The Andrus’s”, a major campaign event held at The Rodeway Inn in Boise for the reelection of Governor Cecil Andrus of Idaho. The date was March 16, 1974. Headlining our show that night was Wayne Newton, along with stars of stage, screen and television Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy. Step-son David was not available. There was an overflow crowd and we ended up seating some audience in the hallway.
Newton’s arranger, who is at the piano in this video, and a few key musicians had flown in earlier in the day and I arranged with Louie Ventrella of our local musicians union to provide other players to make up a complete orchestra. I remember sweating bullets over the drummer who clearly was in over his head during rehearsal. We ended up replacing him with another for the night’s performance. That man was my hero as he came in cold and did not miss a beat. A quick run-through and it was time to dress for the main event.
Ms Jones and husband Jack sang a duet and coupled with Wayne Newton’s performance they brought down the house. An added pleasure was lunch with Shirley Jones earlier in the day. Not a bad gig and a fond memory for a star-struck Boise boy.