The legendary Irish entertainer Brendan Bowyer has died at the age of 81. His family confirmed his passing in Las Vegas last evening.
On Facebook the ‘Hucklebuck’ star man’s family say he had hoped to return ti homeland one last time.
The singer, who had six number one hits, began his career with in his native Waterford’s Royal Showband who became the first Irish band to top the Irish charts.
His biggest hit came in 1965 with “The Hucklebuck”, which went platinum internationally.
He was the front man for the popular group The Big Eight, a band which split its time between Ireland and Las Vegas.
Brendan permanently relocated to Las Vegas in the 1970s and continued to forge successful career there where he could claim to call Elvis Presley his friend.
In 2011, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Waterford, along with fellow Deise entertainer Val Doonican.
He was surrounded by his family; his wife of 53 years, Stella; his three children, Brendan Jr, Aisling and Clodagh; and his two grandchildren, Liam and Nora Stella.