The consummate interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
Dennis Bono, proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as “a thoroughbred singer, born and bred to sing”, has now achieved even greater recognition celebrating 23 years starring as the host of his own successful musical/variety/talk show from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dennis started out in the 70’s and early 80’s by paying his dues as a singer on the eastern seaboard club circuit playing nightclubs like Playboy, resorts in the Caribbean and singing the national anthem at Yankee Stadium on multiple occasions, along with other stadiums and arenas.
In the late 80’s, Jilly Rizzo heard him sing and gave Dennis a call. Shortly after, Jilly introduced Dennis to his closest friend and confidant, Frank Sinatra. Both were impressed by Dennis’ discerning taste in music and his interpretation of the standards. Frank Sinatra said to Jilly, “This is the kid that’s going to carry the torch for our music". Dennis continued to hone his craft singing and touring from Las Vegas to Japan, and
everywhere in between. A tour with Don Rickles included Bally’s Grand Hotel in Atlantic City and the Golden Nugget and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas
In addition to the radio shows, Dennis continues to perform concert dates and has recently released a new Dennis Bono Collector’s Edition 4 CD Box Set, encompassing four decades of his mastery of “The Great American Songbook” to national and international markets.
Dennis is married to the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada Lorraine Hunt-Bono and they reside in Las Vegas where, with family, they own and operate the popular Bootlegger Italian Bistro on Las Vegas Boulevard, “South Strip”.
Dennis and Lorraine
Date of Birth
July 1st 1947
Married to the Fmr. Lt. Govt. NV.
English & "Broken Italian"
Wine with ice on the side.
Al Dente' Pasta
with Oil, Garlic and Anchovis
The Early Years: 1950-1970
Dennis gets sent home from kindergarden after ripping off his shirt and impersonating pop singer Johnnie Ray during show and tell.
In high school, Dennis gets kicked out of Choir for always joking around
Dennis starts his first band in high school called "The Passionate Impacts."
In 1968, after graduating high school, Dennis gets drafted into the Army.
The Journey Begins: 1970-1980
After the service, Dennis decides to pursue a career in music.
Dennis gets married and has a baby girl.
Dennis meets Arranger/Producer Dan Slider.
Dennis starts touring the Club Circuit.
A Made Man: 1980-1990
Dennis records his first album produced by Dan Slider.
Jilly, and Mr. "S" hear the record on the radio.
Jilly starts managing Dennis, and brings him to Vegas.
Dennis starts working Vegas, and opening for Don Rickles.
Harmonizing the Decade: 1990-2000
Dennis does multiple tours in Japan.
Records more albums with Dan Slider.
Records an album at Captol Records, produced by Dan Slider and award winning engineer Al Schmidt.
Reinventing a Concept: 2000-2010
Dennis creates the concept of a variety show "ala Johnny Carson called "The Dennis Bono Show."
Dennis gets married to Former Lt. Gov. Loraine Hunt-Bono Records another album "To Live, To Laugh, To Love." Dennis creates a podcast called "Breaking Bread with Bono"
The Dennis Bono Show and Breaking Bread with Bono are aired on 191 stations worldwide on the CRN Network.
The Roaring Twenties: 2020-NOW
The Dennis Bono Show becomes the longest running broadcasted Variety show in Vegas History (23yrs).
Dennis conitunes recording with longtime friend and producer Dan Slider.