Sacca grew up the son of a butcher in Philadelphia. “When I was a
boy, my father was so intrigued with the guys who played accordion.
He wanted somebody in the family to play music. So he got my sister
to try the accordion. She dropped it. He encouraged my (identical
twin) brother and I to pick up an instrument. I picked up the
guitar. My brother liked the drums.”
And with that, The Sacca Twins were born. They were 12-years-old
when they got their first paying job$25 for a sorority party. An
older kid in the neighborhood had heard them practicing and got them
the gig. After that, they took any job they could get. “We worked
go-go joints, played background music, did motorcycle jointsthose places scared the hell out of me. We would do anything. At
that age, if anybody wants you to work, you say yes to anything.”
Sacca went into the U.S. Marine Corps at 19, and then back into the
entertainment business when he got out a few years later. He studied
voice at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and worked for
a while with his brother at a club in Wildwood, N.J. hosting an
Then the brothers took their show on the road. They played the
Sheraton, Hilton and Ramada Hotel chain's nightclubs and performed on
cruise ships before landing a month-long contract a the El San Juan
Hotel in Puerto Rico that developed into a 3-year stay.
It was then that the idea of performing in Las Vegas started
bubbling. Siegfried and Roy had come down to see the show. Siegfried
said to me, Sacca pauses, adopting his best German impression, “You
guys are great! Great! You should come to Vegas!”
And so, in 1981 Sacca did. He began working at the original MGM
hotel casino, another month-long contract that lasted 3 years! “It
sounds really easy, but I’ve got to tell you how difficult it was.
I didn’t have somebody in the business who could call up and say,
‘Hey, can you book my son at your place?’ I did it all on my own.
But you can’t give up. You can’t get discouraged.”
Sacca is always looking forward in business and the idea of a
television show came to mind. Naysayers were everywherefrom the
critics to potential sponsors. But Sacca was determined to make it
happen. For the first six months, Sacca and his brother hosted the
show, calling it “Live From Las Vegas,” but that would soon change as
well as every aspect of the program.
Sacca then went solo and called the show “Tony Sacca’s Live from Las
Vegas.” It soon evolved to “The Tony Sacca Show,” then “Celebrity
Magazine,” and finally “Entertainment Las Vegas Style.”