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More recently, sheriff’s deputies were turned away from the ranch home in February while trying to collect a $500,000 court judgment stemming from back pay owed to a former pilot.

That same month, Mr. Newton’s billionaire buddy Bruton Smith, chairman of NASCAR racetrack owner Speedway Motorsports Inc., tried to seize Casa de Shenandoah for repayment of a $3.35 million loan.

In every case, Mr. Newton said he was targeted because of his celebrity. He said any debts have been paid.

He began singing at age 4 at county fairs, high school dances and local radio shows in his native Virginia and then in Phoenix after his family moved. As a teenager, he rode into Las Vegas on a Greyhound bus for a two-week tryout at the Fremont Hotel & Casino. The gig turned into a lounge act of six shows per night, six nights a week for nearly a year.

Mr. Newton later made his home on a 5-acre lot off a rustic, two-lane road near the Las Vegas Strip.

He slowly began to add to the property, snatching up neighboring homes as his fame grew. He became a national name after a 1962 television appearance on “The Jackie Gleason Show” led to many more singing and acting gigs.

A decade after his start in Las Vegas, however, Mr. Newton remained desperate for a headliner gig.

As Mr. Newton tells it, the Flamingo hotel-casino offered him one night on the main stage on Nov. 12, dead space between tourist seasons in the late 1960s.

The show surprisingly drew a packed audience. The drunks and the casino workers who frequented his many lounge performances turned out to make his career.

“The people who live in this town are the kind of people who would have covered the desert in wagons” during the Old West, he said. “It’s a very, very loving city.”

Las Vegas would come through for Mr. Newton again and again after that.

He jockeyed for work alongside Presley, Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. His mighty contemporaries became legends of the silver screen, but it was Mr. Newton who became synonymous with the glitz of Las Vegas.

He headlined at casinos throughout Las Vegas and received the first star in the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. His latest show, called “Once Before I Go,” ended in April at the Tropicana Las Vegas hotel. Mr. Newton, his hair still raven and his body fit, said he would take the stage again in early 2011.

Mr. Newton has also gained a reputation as a Las Vegas philanthropist, helping local charities and opening his house up to veterans in need of a wedding site. He remains active with the United Service Organization.

Mr. Newton is not a stranger to neighborhood opposition over his building projects. Neighbors mounted a similar protest in 1985 when Mr. Newton wanted to build 10-foot-high walls around his property. Critics called the concrete gates excessive and ugly.

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