Embedded in the Palm Springs Desert Museum Annenberg Theatre entry walkway is a star – emblazoned with descriptive words that say it all:
“Mike Costley – STAGE/TV/SONGWRITER/COMPOSER”.
Celebrities lining up to honor MIKE included such notables as MICHAEL MASSER, EARLE HAGEN, KAYE BALLARD and JACK JONES, who joined MIKE for a couple of duets sung to a wildly cheering crowd that stretched far beyond “reserved seating” capacity…eager to get in on this PALM SPRINGS CELEBRITY WALK OF STARS event.
MIKE cut his teeth on his awesome climb to entertainment heights in the Palm Springs area. He makes magic with his on-stage savvy – his remarkable voice range – his adaptability to making every song his very own – whether it’s Jazz, Ballad, Swing, Rhythm & Blues or Contemporary. And there is no end to his ability to mimic celebrities of song – from ELVIS to RAY CHARLES (with the added “Cool of SINATRA” thrown in for good measure).
Entertainment Editor/Columnist BRUCE FESSIER of The Desert Sun nailed it in descriptive print: “When MIKE tackled the Gershwin standard, ‘Lady Be Good’ he scatted through difficult terrain with the ease of ‘ELLA’” “such precision on daring passages hasn’t been heard since MEL TORME died”…”MIKE has the chops of a jazz instrumentalist which is rare among solo singers.”
MIKE COSTLEY has shared stages with such musical giants as TONY BENNETT, KEELY SMITH, JOE WILLIAMS, JERRY VALE, DICK CONTINO, GLEN CAMPBELL, VIC DAMONE, ERNIE McDANIELS and JACK JONES. He has been the opening act for comedy giants like DON RICKLES, PAT COOPER, PAT HENRY, JOAN RIVERS and JAY LENO. MIKE has also been extended the honor of signing for the PRESIDENT and MRS. GERALD FORD.
The unbounded talent of this versatile singer has reached across the country…from New York to Los Angeles – and in between times MIKE has become a Las Vegas and Palm Springs favorite.
If you’ve heard MIKE COSTLEY before, you’re most likely a devoted fan. If not, you can be this latest album makes you one!