Irish showband legend dies in Las Vegas 

Irish showband legend dies in Las Vegas 
Brendan Bowyer was regarded as one of the country's most beloved international entertainers for 62 years.Photo: RollingNews.ie

Waterford-born showband singer Brendan Bowyer has died. He was 81.

He passed away in Las Vegas yesterday surrounded by his family.

Bowyer was regarded as one of the country's most beloved international entertainers for 62 years.

He fronted the Royal Showband and went on to form The Big Eight with Tom Dunphy. 

He had five number one hits in Ireland.

One of the first headlining Elvis impersonators, Presley himself often attended Bowyer's concerts in Las Vegas in the 1970s.

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