Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Newton was born Carson Wayne Newton in Norfolk, Virginia to Evelyn Marie "Smith" and Patrick Newton, who was an auto mechanic.His father was of Irish-Powhatan descent and his mother of German-Cherokee ancestry . While his father was in the U.S. Navy, Newton spent his early childhood in Roanoke, learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar at the age of six. While Newton was still a child, his family moved to a home near Newark, Ohio. He began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother, Jerry. Because of his connection with Newark, the city selected Newton to be the grand marshal of its bicentennial parade in 2002. Wayne''s severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, Arizona in 1952, where he later attended North High School. The brothers, as the Rascals in Rhythm, appeared with the Grand Ole Opry roadshows and on ABC-TV''s Ozark Jubilee; and performed for the president and auditioned unsuccessfully for Ted Mack''s Original Amateur Hour.