Auld Lang Syne, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong … Bruddah Iz

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Yes, that was Hawaii’s own Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoole’s singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as the ball dropped in New York City’s Times Square for the 100th year in a row.

The million-plus revelers in midtown Manhattan and millions more watching on TV around the world got to hear the late great vocalist about 8 minutes after midnight from massive loudspeakers set up around the Square.

The ball drop gave way to “Auld Lang Syne,” Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” Ray Charles’s “America The Beautiful,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” then, finally, Bruddah Iz.

The YouTube video we found of the festivities has just eight seconds of Iz and a roar of recognition from the masses near its end. 

If anyone out there has a better clip with “Rainbow’s” end, we’d love to post it. 

By the way, you’ll find an in-depth story on Iz’s life in this month’s print edition.  Click the cover of HAWAII Magazine on the top left of the home page. The story, full of insights from Iz’s friends and family, starts on page 58.  For his music, you can click on the HAWAII Magazine music store.

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