John Wilt loves meeting new people.
It’s one reason he created a one-man show performing classic songs by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin.
The self-described crooner will bring his musical melodies to the Historic North Theatre next month for two shows to benefit The Salvation Army.
Wilt started local performances about 15 years ago, but it was in 2017 when he debuted his one-man show at the Gretna Theater — “a movie theater with a great stage,” he said.
This marks the second time Wilt has performed to benefit The Salvation Army, where he serves on the board of directors.
The Danville nonprofit “is always in need of money to help the less fortunate in our community,” he said.
He also performs at seven different assisted living facilities in the area where he sings classic songs for about an hour. He said he loves to receive comments about the performance and chat about classic singers and songs.
What’s his favorite song? “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by the Sinatra-Martin duo.
But he’s not limited to the local gigs. On March 30, he made the trek to Topeka, Kansas, for two community theater performances.
He traveled in his Volvo — with 350,000 miles — to allow him to take along three murals he uses for performances.
Wilt — and the Volvo — didn’t skip a beat.
“Depending on which classic songs I’m performing — Sinatra, Bennett or Martin — I have their mural on stage as a backdrop,” he said.
Singing isn’t his only love. He’s an accomplished runner, competing in 85 marathons in 32 states so far. His goal is 100 in all 50 states.
But, sometimes his two loves mingle, especially at a recent run in Maine.
“I was honored to be able to perform the National Anthem at the start of the marathon with 1,000 marathoners in the staging area,” he said.