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Obituary: Brendan Bowyer

Showband singer of Hucklebuck fame who became a star in the US as 'Ireland's Elvis Presley', writes Liam Collins

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LEGEND : Irish showband star Brendan Bowyer who died last week in Las Vegas, aged 81

LEGEND : Irish showband star Brendan Bowyer who died last week in Las Vegas, aged 81

LEGEND : Irish showband star Brendan Bowyer who died last week in Las Vegas, aged 81

When Brendan Bowyer first went to Las Vegas in the early 1970s with the Royal Showband, their promoter Bill Fuller had booked him in as an "uilleann piper from Ireland" because the union rules at the time specified that musicians couldn't take a job that an American musician could do.

Although already famous at home for The Hucklebuck, a Chubby Checker song that introduced the Twist to the burgeoning Irish ballroom scene, Bowyer was billed as 'Ireland's Elvis Presley', a ploy that would lead to success and wealth in the place he eventually called home.


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