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A crooner who has been a Las Vegas mainstay since the 1970s will take the stage in Queens this weekend.

Clint Holmes will perform at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m.

Entitled “Rendezvous” just like his new album, this romantic, feel-good concert will mix selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics, show tunes, and some old time rock ‘n’ roll. The Diva Jazz Orchestra will provide the accompaniment.

Holmes, who was voted “Best Kept Secret” by Las Vegas Life Magazine and “Best Singer” by, is known for improvisation and making every show an original. He might dance. He might tell stories. He might even do a comedy routine. The only constant is his tenor voice.

The son of an African American jazz musician and a British opera singer, Holmes was born in Bournemouth, England, but grew up outside of Buffalo, New York. After time in the U.S. Army (and the U.S. Army Chorus) during the Vietnam War, he got his big break with “Playground In My Mind” in 1972 when he was working as a lounge musician in Atlantic City and touring as the opening act for performers such as Bill Cosby. The song spent 23 years on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and launched his international career.

The stage is his bread and butter, but Holmes has also done television, radio, and theater. He had a gig as the sidekick/announcer on “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers,” a stint as an event correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” and his own Emmy-winning talk/variety show. He even created an autobiographical musical, “Comfortable Shoes,” which ran in Chicago in 2002. Throughout his entire career, he has held residences at Sin City venues. In 2006, he closed his headlining show at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which renamed its main showroom the “Clint Holmes Theater.”

Tickets run from $35 to $45.

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