Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

Top 10 Las Vegas Songs to Hum

When traveling to Las Vegas to gamble and party (yes, Obama, Las Vegas Backstage Access said it), it’s always good to seek relief and soothe the losses and migraines by humming to tunes that are written about the city. 

Although the official theme song of Las Vegas is “Shine, Las Vegas,” by George Dare, proclaimed in a 1986 city proclamation, here’s the Top 10: 

“Viva Las Vegas,” Elvis Presley (Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman)

“Leaving Las Vegas,” Sheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrel, David Baerwald, Kevin Gilbert and David Ricketts)

“Let’s Go to Vegas,” Faith Hill (Karen Stanley)

“Big in Vegas,” Buck Owens (Buck Owens, Terry Stafford)

“Sin City,” AC/DC (Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott)

“Heaven or Las Vegas,” Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde)

“Here’s to Las Vegas,” Barry Manilow (Barry Manilow)

“Me and My Monkey,” Robbie Williams (Robbie Williams)

“Sin City,” Flying Burrito Brothers (Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Pete Kleinow, Chris Ethridge)

“LV (Las Vegas),” Clint Holmes (Clint Holmes and Pat Caddick)

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Las Vegas Teen Finishes 11th in National Spelling Bee

It was the best Scripps National Spelling Bee finish since at least 1996 for a Nevadan (when the competition started keeping records) when 13-year-old Tussah Heera of Las Vegas valiantly tried spelling the word “herniorrhaphy”- a surgical procedure used to fix hernias.   The double letters gave her a challenge and instead of spelling it with a double “r” she used one, finishing the contest in 11th place.

Heera, who is home schooled, distinguished herself in March, too, when she beat 36 other students to win the Nevada state title and earned a trip to Washington, D.C., competing against 292 other top spellers. 

Heera does more than spell well.  She plays piano and cello and has been honored in local competitions for both her performance and her composition.  She also writes poetry. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access honors Tussah Heera- she’s our winner!

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