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Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
The songs of Billy Joel really are one of the great joys of being in a covers band and Uptown Girl is certainly no exception. A little more work than usual has gone into the production of the audio here, so while largely a live recording, it has the sound of a studio production.

The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley clocked up an extraordinary sixty-eight top twenty chart hits during his lifetime, despite his tragically short life, and quite a few more since his untimely death in 1977. The average person could probably list off ten or fifteen of these without too much trouble, Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Viva Las Vegas, Return To Sender, Can’t Help Falling in Love, All Shook Up and so on, the list is long. But ahead of all of these in terms of sales figures in the UK and Ireland was his 1970 hit “The Wonder of You”. It was, perhaps surprisingly, his fourth highest selling record in these islands while he was alive, bumped down to fifth of all time by the posthumous hit “A Little Less Conversation”.
In any event, it makes for a fantastic first dance song. Just look at the expression on the wedding guests’ faces, not to mention the bride and groom’s.

Simply The Best by Tina Turner
A huge 80s hit for the queen of rock that really has stood the test of time like few songs have. With affirming, uplifting lyrics and a fantastic thumping beat, this song packs the dance floor every time we play it.

Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley
This is an edited (shortened) live recording of Vegas Nights’ medley of rock and roll classics spanning three decades which, as you can see, keeps the floor pretty jam packed with dancers. Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock, Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti, Eddie Cochran’s Come on Everybody, Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go, Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, Jerry Lee Lewis’ Whole Lota Shakin’ Going On, Bill Haley’s See You Later Alligator, Elvis Presley’s Burning Love. The audio here was recorded live in Kilkenny in June 2017 with the video taken from a number of performances of the same set from around that time.

Don't Stop Believing by Journey
One of the great rock anthems. This is Vegas Nights performing as a seven piece in The Bridge House Hotel on the 30th June 2017 for Antonia and Ross Smyth’s wedding. Antonia is wedding coordinator at the hotel and knows a thing or two about picking the best band for a wedding. Joining the regular line up is Ronan Dooney and Carl Geraghty on trumpet and sax, Ronan doubling up on keys, this pair are widely considered to be the best in the business and regular collaborators with Vegas Nights. We join the action in this clip just in time to catch a wonderful solo by Carl at the end of “Walk of Life”. The clip also features band intros toward the end of the title track.


Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Sometimes mistakenly called "Can't Take My eyes Off Of You" or " You're Just Too Good To Be True", whatever you call it, it is one of the great songs. Not sure how they do it, but somehow these great writters work in a great wordless section that somehow gets everyone singing along.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers
We played this song back in the naughties when it first came out and then dropped it as we have hundreds of other "current hits" over the years. But it's back baby! We reckon that nearly fifteen years on, Mr. Brightside is set to become a rock classic. We could be wrong, but based on audience reaction we are pretty sure we are witnessing this song's transition from yesterday's news to timeless classic.


Jackson & Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
Live recording from 27th May 2017 in The Moyvally Hotel at Michelle and Daragh Murtagh’s wedding of both these great Johnny Cash classics. Standing in for our usual guitarist Paul, is Dave Keary, one of the great guitar players working today. Dave has been Van Morrison’s guitarist for the past ten years or so. See Dave on stage in The Royal Albert Hall in London with Van, Chris Farlowe and Jools Holland.


9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
Short and sweet, this country/pop classic never fails to entertain. Performed live here by Vegas Nights as a seven piece.


Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
One of the great rock songs and a huge floor filler.


Paradise - George Ezra
A classic in the making??


You're the First, the Last, My Everything by Barry White
What a first dance.


Absolute Beginners by David Bowie
What a song. Bowie once said in an interview that he found himself crying while putting final touches to the recording because of its beauty. Slightly self-aggrandising perhaps, as he did write and record it, but definitely forgivable, it is a beautiful, beautiful song.


Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
One of the most perfect love songs ever written and a great first dance song, it was Elvis Presley’s (bestselling solo artist of all time, 1 billion records) 21st number 1 chart hit and has become the second most covered song of all time.


Pencil Full Of Lead by Paolo Nutini
One of the songs in our repertoire that really shows off how good (or bad) the brass section is. Derik O'Conner and Ronan Dooney on duty this particular night, arguably the best in the business so no need to worry.


Harvest Moon by Neil Young
We love being asked to do quirky songs for first dance. Especially ones as good and as well-liked as this one, they tend to engage the crowd much more than the usual fare and start the night off on a great note.


Perfect by Ed Sheerany
By far the most popular first dance in recent years.


Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles
With two prolific and genius song writers for band mates, George Harrison did spend much of his Beatle years in the shadow of Lennon and McCartney, but his talents did manage to shine through every now and then. As with many apparently straight forward Beatle songs, this little gem is trickier than it sounds.


Shotgun by George Ezra
This one just lights the place up, what a great song.


Wonderful Tonight
A song we've played a countless number of times but one we never tire of. When it comes to a classic slow song you simply can not get better than this. As an aside, not that anyone would notice because of their extreme proficiency, we had two stand-ins on this particular night, Geoff Dempsey on guitar and Paul Findley on keys.


To Love Somebody
Written by Barry and Robin Gibb and featured on the Bee Gees’ first album, this song has been covered by lots of really great singers since then, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Roberta Flack, Jimmy Somerville, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble and now ...... Vegas Nights.


Stop The World and Let Me Off
Vegas Nights always get the crowd dancing but watch here how the whole room comes completly alive after the first dance on hearing only the first bar of this country and Irish favourite, brilliant! A great example of the right song in the right place.


Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
A great example of the customer being right. This is a song not a single band member had ever even heard befor being asked for it as a first dance. Our bride was certain however so, with a good healthy degree of scepticism and having tweaked the arrangement slightly, we duly learned the song and performed it to our usual standard. And lo and behold - pure gold!








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