Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 31, 2006
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Rascal’ Eddie Brigati

HAWAII’S FIRST marathon of hits was aired over the July 4 holiday weekend in 1960, playing the top 300 songs as tabulated by listener response. It was subsequently aired during the Labor Day holiday, but for the past 10 years has become a staple of 107.9 FM’s Memorial weekend with an expanded list of 600 songs. Included in the list of marathon toppers are Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers, Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis, My Hawaii by the Rascals and Hey Jude by the Beatles. Back in 1960 the top song was In The Still Of The Night by The Five Satins. This year’s No. 1 is Groovin’by the Rascals. Thanks to the many listeners who took the time to vote and make this year’s list possible (you can see the full 600 songs in this Wednesday’s Star-Bulletin) ...

Aloha Air Freight’s John Rosa stopped by my office the other day with one of the best local-kine gifts - a fresh box of doughnuts from Kamehameha Bakery. So ono ...

There has been a Kama heading the security at my shows for a very long time. Joe Kama became my chief of security during the Sunshine Festivals around 1970 and was responsible for the biggest names in the entertainment industry. When he passed away, his daughter Ululani took his place, but Ulu has decided to move on to bigger adventures in the land Down Under. Best wishes, Ulu! I’m going to miss you ...

Congrats to Audy Kimura, celebrating 19 years at Hy’s Steakhouse in Waikiki where, by my calculations, he’s performed his hit composition Lovers and Friends at least 5,000 times. It still sounds great, Audy ...

Joe Moore
Joe Moore

Joe Moore sent a copy of his Unlikely Lawman script to his boyhood idol James Arness (you may remember Arness from his 20-year run as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV’s longest running dramatic series, Gunsmoke).

Arness replied with a note that read, “Great script. If I were 30 years younger, I’d like to play your part.

Break a leg, Jim Arness.” The fabled lawman is now 83 years old, retired and living in California. By all accounts, Unlikely Lawman is an absolute must-see production with fisticuffs and gunfights choreographed by veteran stuntman Colin Fong. Robert Broomall, who wrote the book on which Joe based his play, will fly in with wife Sharon for next Wednesday’s opening performance at Mamiya Theater ...

My hat’s off to the team at LavaNet, Hawaii’s award-winning Internet service provider, for the funniest e-mail updates ever. It’s great knowing that Derrin Chong is both their system administrator and “hoarder of the gummy bears ...”

This week in 1979: Bob Hope appeared live at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The No. 1 hit that same week was Reunited by Peaches & Herb.

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8 a.m. ‘til noon every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies on 107.9 FM or on the web at www.oldies1079honolulu.com

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