Gary Olinger, Tribute Artist to
Sonny Bono, is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1978, as a college student, he was working at a Woolworth
store, when someone came up to him and commented on how
much he looked like Sonny Bono. Since then, the comments
about looking like Sonny Bono have never ended. Early
on in his life, he has always had an entertaining personality
and has been involved in theater and entertainment.
In 1969, he cultivated his talent as a magician and titled
his magic act: "The World Of Magic With Mysto."
In 1982, he became a minister and traveled throughout
the country preaching the Gospel in many churches until
In 1997, he moved his family to Washington state and settled
in the Seattle area.
In 2004, he was inspired to fulfill his destiny as an
entertainer and pursue a new quest as a tribute artist
to Sonny Bono. His inspiration came when he went to a
Legends In Concert performance at a local casino. Kelly,
who is a tribute artist to "Cher", called him
on stage to sing with her as Sonny Bono. Together, they
sang the song "I Got You, Babe" and moved the
audience to a standing ovation!
Since this time, he has made many personal appearances
and performed as Sonny Bono, and has become a recognized
and loved tribute artist.
From Gary's own words from his heart: "It is a great
honor for me to give tribute to the great entertainer,
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