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Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ - March 11, 2009 | Uncle Toms Gabbin | Midweek.com

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 11, 2009
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Sheryl Crow

A FEW DAYS AGO in Jimmy Buffett‘s at the Beachcomber ... After a couple of songs by Jimmy, a beautiful face appeared on the video wall singing a familiar song ... It was none other than Sheryl Crow. What a knockout and what a talent! I’ve been trying for several years to get her to come here. It was happy irony that, the next day, I got a confirmation from her agent that she’s accepted our offer and will be in Hawaii for a concert April 25 at the Waikiki Shell ...

KPOI-FM was in the red, playing what was called “elevator music.” Young entrepreneur Jesse Sartain approached me about programming album tracks by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead and others that KPOI and other AM stations were not playing. I liked the idea and gave it a try. The new format was one of the first in the country, and KPOI-FM Sunshine became an instant success. One of the first DJs to join our team was Harvey Weinstein, who became music and program director and guided the station through five Sunshine Music Festivals in Diamond Head Crater. Weinstein was a radio pioneer who succumbed to cancer recenlty. Aloha, friend Harvey ...

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck performed in April 1961 at The Zebra Room on Kalakaua Avenue at Young Street (remember that place?). During the engagement, the then little-known pianist fractured a neck vertebrae while surfing at Waikiki. He was in danger of being paralyzed, but said, “I just didn’t have enough money to be admitted into the hospital.” He finally went to Tripler Army Hospital (he was a veteran), where he spent three weeks. The wipeout shut down the rest of his gig, and his musicians flew back to Los Angeles. But he had plenty of money a few months later with the summer release of his hit, Take Five, the first million-selling jazz single ...

Fun Facts: UH buddies of Barack Obama Sr. told Ron Jacobs that the president’s father, a huge jazz fan, may have been there during the Brubeck gig. And congrats to Whodaguy, who now adds best-selling author to his resume thanks to OBAMALAND: Who Is Barack Obama, which features a photo of the erstwhile Zebra Room!

This week in 1960: The Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Arthur Lyman Group perform at the Civic Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3.75, $3 and $2.25. Dave’s band is made up of Paul Desmond on saxophone, Gene Wright on bass, Joe Morello on drums and Dave on piano. As the lights go down and I’m introducing the group, a rat runs across the stage, passing quite close to the drums. It scares the heck out of Morello. The group launches into a brilliant set after Joe manages to calm himself down ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Teen Angel by Mark Dinning ...


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