Harry Seybold, a popular Las Vegas producer who previously worked for singer Rudy Vallee, died Thursday May 9 in Las Vegas following a lengthy illness. He was 77.
By age 17, the East Liverpool, Penn., native was performing with his band in his own Cleveland, Ohio, radio show. During this time he met Vallee and spent nine years in California as Vallee’s manager.
Seybold moved to Las Vegas in 1967 and at one time served as the entertainment director for the Dunes Hotel; there he produced shows headlined by Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Robert Goulet.
While at the Debbie Reynolds Hotel, Seybold produced the TV show “Las Vegas Live,” which ran for a season and included guest performers such as Red Buttons, Connie Stevens, Jack Jones and Barbara McNair.
Seybold was known for producing charity fund-raisers in Las Vegas including one of the first benefits for AIDS and a huge benefit for The Musicians Union of Las Vegas. He also produced benefits for Safe Nest, Catholic Charities, the Red Cross and other local charities.
He is survived by a son and daughter and six grandchildren.