That Crazy Night at Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet Theater
Hello everybody, thanks for visiting my blog. All my blogs are geared towards celebrating my hometown Branson. So this isn’t a negative towards Branson, this is just a story of what happened to me one night.
In the 90’s I was doing spotlight at the Roy Clark Celebrity theater. And I thought all spotlights were alike. A guy a new, a Texas looking guy, with a cowboy hat. Approached me about subbing for him at another theater, while he couldn’t make it. He was doing spotlight, somewhere else at the time. So I agreed. I showed up at the theater and got to meet Bobby and he was fantastic. He seemed to work very well backstage, so I was pretty impressed. He was very down to earth as well.
When I got up to the spotlight area, I realized I had never run these kinds of spotlights before. I had run a limousine style spotlight, which was very large and bulky. I’m even surprised today, that I showed up for the job, as I was nervous. When the show took off they gave me a headset, which couldn’t run either, and would coach me through the set. At one point I had literally missed all my cues. So I went dark, but the other guys were very patient. As they needed someone desperately. So I persevered! The Glenn Miller orchestra he had at the time was fantastic. Couples would get up and dance as Bobby sand and I thought that was awesome. At the end of the night, they sent me home, and I did not get paid at that time.
Months later I ran into Bobby’s son and he promptly paid me. And said they had to let the spotlight guy go, that I had replaced. So all the way around it turned out to be a great experience.