Valentino - King Of The Music

"Valentino is the world's greatest keyboard entertainer" London Evening News



Following a sell out concert in Las Vegas he received rave reviews including:

Recently interviewed on BBC Essex radio he said: “Showbusiness has to be the greatest job in the world. Over the years I have had the pleasure of entertaining and becoming friends with Dukes and Earls, Kings and Queens, politicians and film stars and some of the greatest entertainers in the world. I have such mixed emotions when I hear a record on the radio by someone like Liberace or Dusty Springfield. I’m sad they are no longer with us but immensely proud to have worked with them and known them as a good friend. I’d known Dusty since the days when I was a redcoat at the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool and she was working on the North Pier in a group called The Springfields. Because I was Irish and she considered herself to be Irish (her mother Irish) we hit it off right from the start. We became great friends and I always enjoyed working with her. 

I was first introduced to Liberace while I was a student at Dublin University studying for my Batchelor of Music degree. My teacher Dr. John F. Larchet took me and my Mum to the Theatre Royal in Dublin to see Liberace in concert. Up until then I wanted to be a musician. After seeing Liberace perform I wanted to be an entertainer. He was amazing. At the end of his show the whole audience stood up to sing “For he’s a jolly good fellow”. I’d never seen that before or ever since. When the show was over Dr Larchet took me backstage to meet the great man. He introduced me to him as Irelands latest boy piano prodigy. Liberace had a practice piano in his dressing room as asked me to play him something. He gave me his card and said if ever I was in America to contact him. He was true to his word. Many years later I arrived in Las Vegas not knowing a soul with just Liberace’s card in my pocket. He remembered me after all those years and arranged for me to meet many influential people in the music industry in America.  I will always be grateful for his encouragement, his friendship and his help. Not only was he the highest paid and greatest entertainer in the world but he was the nicest person as well. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and I’ve never heard anyone who knew him say a bad word about him. That says it all really.  

“Not only have I had the thrill of working in some of the most fabulous venues like the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls, the Prince Of Wales Theatre and The Theatre Royal Drury Lane but also the White House in Washington. I did a benefit concert there once with many famous names in the audience including Bob Hope, Shirley McLaine and Frank Sinatra. There wasn’t a band so all the acts had to be self-contained. At the end of the show all the acts were lined up on stage to meet President Carter and the audience started cheering and asking for Frank to sing a song. He came up on stage and I suddenly realized that I was the only one there who could play for him. He looked at me and said ‘My Way, in D’. I started playing the intro thinking ‘I’d better get this right otherwise I’ll end up with a horse’s head on my pillow in the morning!’. Anyway it went great and the audience went crazy when Frank had finished. When the applause had died down he said “Listen folks, next time I go on tour, forget the Count Basie orchestra, I’m taking this guy with me” pointing to me. It was one of the proudest moments of my life and the start of a long friendship“.


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