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Clint Holmes Tribute to Bobby Short

April 15th, 2014 • by admin

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Clint Holmes' Tribute to Bobby Short

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos provided by Smith Center)

Clint Holmes is Las Vegas' great showman. Every time I have reviewed Clint, he has always performed brilliantly in whatever theme he chose.

This evening, at the new Smith Center, Clint honored the legendary cabaret singer Bobby Short mixing Bobby's songs with some comments about his life.

The songs were some of the beautiful oldies of the time- Our love is here to stay, Autumn in New York, That Gal of Mine, Tea for Two, isn't it Romantic, I've Got You Under the Skin, Night and Day, It was just one of those Things, I Happen to like New York, and many more favorites.

You could hear the admiration in Clint's voice as he spoke. Bobby never recorded any song the same way twice (just like Clint). He enjoyed singing at the Cafe Carlyle and appeared there every autumn for 36 years.

Robert Short was born in Danville, Ohio, in 1924, one of 10 children. Think of this, a young boy born into poverty, his father worked in the Kentucky coal mines and was home only a few times a year, yet he grew up to be this elegant Bobby Short.

At 10 years old, Bobby was singing in a honky tonk for hard working men and women. Later he appeared in better and better smoky bars. 

Bobby was brought to New York City and his career took off.

Clint Holmes must have researched Bobby Short's life because he portrayed a vivid view of the man and his music.


Named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, Clint Holmes is a master entertainer. Clint features a constantly evolving kaleidoscope of music every single night, ranging from contemporary to jazz to Broadway. Showcasing the greatest songwriters from around the world, he creates a spellbinding evening of music that's both Live and Alive.

Clint Holmes will appear the first weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of every month at the Smith Center in the Cabaret Jazz Showroom. For information, call 749-2000. The Smith Center is located at   361 Symphony Park Avenue.

The Smith Center always offers the finest entertainment:

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Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel journalist, photographer, and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. She is published in Dubai, Japan, England, South America, and other countries in addition to the United States. For information or questions, call 731-6491.