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The last date listed for Impressionist Finis Henderson was Thursday April 3, 2008 / 8:30pm.
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Being part of Finis Henderson’s audience is equivalent to being invited to a reunion of some of the entertainment industry’s greatest legends. You will be carried back in time to the days of “The Rat Pack”. Sammy, Dean, Frank…….you’ll reminisce with the King, Elvis Presley! You’ll be transported through time to the voice of Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Mick Jagger, Alan Jackson, N’Sync, BeeGee’s, Beatles, James Brown, Willie and Julio, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, Outkast. So many voices, so little time. The sound is theirs….The voice is pure Finis!
It was only natural that Finis would go into show business. His father was a successful song and dance man and one time Vice-President of Sammy Davis, Jr. Enterprises. Being exposed to that kind of talent and encouragement, he followed up with formal training at the Chicago School of the Arts and Columbia College. In his early days Finis was a member of two Chicago singing groups, entertaining audiences all over the city. “First,” he says, “I joined the Chicago Community Music Foundation. Then several members of that group got together, and we formed the Weapons of Peace.” That group eventually recorded an album on the Playboy label.
Then, in 1980, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed an alliance with Al McKay, a musician who had just left the supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. “He and I kind of gelled,”“I moved in with him and was lead singer for a group he created.” He worked with McKay for several years and started doing comedy at night. He says that every comedian hopes to be discovered on some magical occasion, and that breakthrough occurred for him in 1981 when he took to the stage at the famed Comedy Store in West Hollywood on Audition Night.“It was a star-studded night with people like Sally Field and Richard Pryor in the audience,” he recalls. “So I worked my way toward center stage and started singing songs and doing impressions. The next thing I knew, everybody’s clapping more and more, and I’m clowning. The next thing Richard Pryor comes onstage. Then Robin Williams comes onstage. We do an improv together, and that’s the first night of many nights that things happened like that.”
Soon afterwards, celebrities started coming to the Comedy Store to see Henderson perform, and, on a night he will never forget, he got a special telephone call from Richard Pryor’s office. "Pryor’s people said, “Richard wants you to open for him Live On Sunset,’ I went like, Thank you, Jesus.’ This was the opportunity of a lifetime, opening up for a superstar.” In addition to opening for Pryor on several occasions, Henderson also opened for Smokey Robinson, Rodney Dangerfield, Russian comic Yakov Smirnoff and country superstar Barbara Mandrell.
Henderson performed in the films His growing popularity led to a recording contract with Motown Records. “I was with Motown from 1983-85,” he says. “They brought me in like gangbusters, but I was there when the company was going through turmoil. There were personnel changes, and they were moving into motion pictures. My first album sold well.”Wired and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. His television credits include performances on 227, Bustin’ Loose, Dance Fever and Nashville Now. He was featured in the ABC-TV mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream as the emcee at the Apollo Theater.
Finis currently headlines all over the world in major comedy venues, casinos and on cruise ships. There is something about Finis Henderson’s performance that makes him stand out from every other musical impressionist in the business; His obvious passion for entertaining uniquely combines with his elegant style and limitless talent. Finis delivers a clean, fun and thoroughly entertaining show. The marvelous gift he was given is now his gift to us…..polished to perfection! When magicians refer to Houdini, they call him the “Master of Magic”. We will say the same of modern day impressionists when they refer to Finis Henderson as the “Master of Voices”.