Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

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Wednesday - August 20, 2008
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Billy J. Kramer in Hawaii
Billy J. Kramer in Hawaii

LOTSA TALK IN HOLLYWOOD about new flick Pineapple Express, which features Brother Noland‘s hit recording Coconut Girl. The film grossed just over $12 million on its first day in North American theaters. Happy royalties, Noland! Sources say that when asked what he hopes will come from his music being part of the movie, Noland said simply, “I want it to open doors and ears, and I want it to reach people’s hearts” ...

Nice feature on Jake Shimabukuro in The New York Times. Titled Those Four Irresistible Strings, it credits Jake for the 2006 resurgence of the ukulele on the Mainland. Jake wowed the audience at the recent Newport Folk Festival when he performed with Jimmy Buffett ...

Fun Fact: Just noted on Jimmy’s website that there may be a Hawaii concert in the offering later this year. Hopefully Jake will be a part of Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band at the Waikiki Shell ...

Owen Wilson and BMF Woodie Harrelson have been hanging out at The Woodman’s Hana, Maui, home before retreating to Wilson’s pad in Paia - with frequent trips to the beach at Wailea, where baseball great Barry Bonds and actor Jamie Foxx were staying at the Four Seasons Resort ...

Also seen vacationing here: Eddie Van Halen ...

Heart of Paradise is in deep discussions with FOX network execs in Los Angeles for a premiere date on its Hawaii affiliate. The hourlong show’s debut is expected later this year. Executive producers are Bill Orihuela and Cynthia Lockhart ...

This week in 1964: Billy J. Kramer pauses in Honolulu en route to Australia for a series of concerts. Billy and The Beatles shared the same manager, Brian Epstein, who encouraged The Beatles to allow Billy to record some of their compositions. John Lennon, in fact, suggested that Billy should add a middle initial to dignify his name and suggested J - after his firstborn son Julian. Billy’s record Bad To Me, written by Lennon and Paul McCartney, is getting a slew of requests on my radio show ...

A crowd of girls are waiting for Billy when we show up for an autograph party at the Wigwam store (now Longs Drugs) on King Street across from the old Honolulu Stadium. We’re greeted with screams as we turn into the parking entrance ... and I’ll never forget the sight of about 20 fans running after my car as we head up the parking ramp ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles ...


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