LES VOGT RESUME
Graduated from JOHN OLIVER HIGH SCHOOL. Employed as a Draftsman at
Dominion Bridge Company and performed in Vancouver’s first recording
rock’n’roll band “THE
Recorded No.1 hit recording “THE
BLAMERS”. Performed weekends and holidays throughout B.C.,
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Washington State at teen concerts and dances.
1962 – 1986
In partnership with radio personality “RED ROBINSON” formed a
company JAGUAR ENTERPRISES LTD to stage rock'n'roll concerts using top
US recording attractions including Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway
Twitty, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, James Brown, The Righteous Brothers,
Ray Charles, Tina Turner and more. The company subsequently became the largest
booking agents for teen talent in Western Canada.
1964 - 1969
Managed the PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION “DANCE PARTY” and
“TEEN-AGE FAIR” shows.
1965 – 1969
Conceived and operated a teen-age Night Club “THE GROOVEYARD” at 759
Carnarvon Street in New Westminster. A second GROOVEYARD was opened in
1968 on Davie Street in Vancouver. Sold for profit in 1969.
1969 – 1972
Conceived and operated the PURPLE STEER NIGHT CLUB in partnership with
Nashville recording artist BUDDY KNOX. Country Music was the main
attraction. Sold for profit in 1972.
1972 – 1974
Hired to promote and publicize KEJACK’S STEAK
PIT, an elaborate
“dine & dance” venue on Main Street in Vancouver. After a short
period of time, increased revenues justified the opening of a second
operation on Kingsway and a third operation in Richmond.
1976 – 1979
Moved to Nashville to work exclusively as Tour Manager for recording
star “ROY ORBISON.” After a short time became the defacto manager
and exclusive promoter and for all Roy Orbison concerts in the USA and Canada.
1979 – 1986
Created and developed “ELVIS.ELVIS,ELVIS” musical revue which
successfully toured major theatres from coast to coast in Canada and the
United States. The show ultimately toured world-wide and still earns
residual royalties today.
In partnership with radio personality RED ROBINSON created &
produced the “LEGENDS OF ROCK’N’ROLL” series for LABATT
BREWERIES at EXPO 86. There were two shows every Sunday at Expo Theatre
and featured a total of 43 original rock’n’roll recording stars.
Promoted the "Labatt's Legends of Rock'n'Roll" Show and Dance Tour
throughout the western Canada arena circuit during the summer months
when hockey was shut down. Labatt Breweries sponsored the events and
provided a Beer Garden section at each event.
1989 – 2004
Created & produced the “LEGENDS OF
ROCK’N’ROLL” touring revue featuring lookalike performers
replicating live performances of ELVIS, ROY ORBISON & BUDDY HOLLY.
The show still tours major theatres in Canada and the United States. The
first version of this concept was called “HEROES OF ROCK’N’ROLL
and became the original cast of a revue still playing in Las Vegas
today… John Stuart’s LEGENDS IN CONCERT.
1993 – 2004
Major investor and partner in the MERRITT
MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Former Site Manager and Associate Producer
of Canada's largest country music festival. Current involvement has been
reduced (by request) to limited advertising & marketing activities
along with minor shareholder’s duties.
1994 – 2004
Created and produced
LONELY HEART” a musical story of the life and times of ROY ORBISON.
The show still tours world-wide and continues to earn residual
royalties. Larry was noticed by Bill Kenwright (major producer) in the
UK and was offered the leading role in his new musical "ONLY THE LONELY:
The Roy Orbison Story" where Larry performed the role for over three
years... ultimately starring in the original West End production at the
Picadilly Theatre in London. Larry performed "Only The Lonely" at the
prestigious Olivier Awards in 1995 when the musical was nominated for
THE REFERENCES LISTED HERE HAVE AGREED TO PROVIDE A PERSONAL
REFERENCE AND WELCOME YOUR TELEPHONE CALL.
RED ROBINSON - Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame DJ and TV/Radio
MALCOLM BRODIE - Mayor of Richmond, B.C. Canada
BRUCE ALLEN - Manager for Bryan Adams, Ann Murray & Martina
CLAUDE LELIEVRE - General Manager for Active Mountain
Entertainment, producers of the Merritt Mountain Music Festival.
RON SACAMOTO - Gold & Gold Productions, exclusive Concert
Producer for Recording Artist Shania Twain.
JOHN STUART - Producer of Legends In Concert, a first-line musical
running for over15 years on the Las Vegas strip.
NUMBERS FOR REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
CALL LES VOGT (604) 831-2027