Wladziu Valentino Liberace better known by only his last name Liberace, was a famous American entertainer and pianist. When Elvis Presley and The Beatles were at the height of their popularity, Liberace was the highest paid entertainer in the world.
Unlike the concerts of classical pianists which normally ended with applause and a retreat off-stage, Liberace’s shows ended with the public invited on-stage to touch the maestro’s clothes, piano, jewelry, and hands. Kisses, handshakes, hugs, and caresses usually followed.
A critic summed up his appeal near the end of Liberace’s life: ” Mr. Showmanship has another more potent, drawing power to his show: the warm and wonderful way he works his audience. Surprisingly enough, behind all the glitz glitter, the corny false modesty and the shy smile, Liberace exudes a love that is returned to him a thousand-fold.”
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