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No. 3

Don Ho

For countless Hawaii visitors, the late Don Ho’s name is synonymous with the baritone’s crooning signature song, Tiny Bubbles, (1966) and his Waikiki nightclub attraction, which was a must-see for decades. Ho grew up on the windward side of Oahu and began his singing career during the 1950s at a restaurant and lounge owned by his mother, Emily. During the early 1960s, Ho performed at a Waikiki tourist hot spot, and after the 1965 release of his debut album, The Don Ho Show, he was invited to bring his mellow vocals (backed by his Hammond organ) to stages in New York and Las Vegas. Ho is also known for effectively introducing the enduring Hawaiian song I’ll Remember You, which was penned by Kui Lee. Ho passed away in 2007.

Video above: "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho, from "Hollywood Palace" TV show (1967)

 

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