Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 05, 2011
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INTERESTING MIDWEEK POLL last week ... It asked readers to name their favorite authors. Amanda Stevens of Kaimuki chose Dr. Maya Angelou, and she might be surprised to know that her fave once appeared here as a singer at the old Clouds nightclub on Kapahulu, just off Kalakaua ...

Start 2011 with some Jamaican reggae ... SOJA live on Friday, Jan. 21, at Waterfront at Aloha Tower. Check out their website for the latest songs, videos and info at sojamusic.com, then get your tickets quickly at www.TicketWeb.com ...

Must see: One of the cutest parodies I’ve ever seen! Head online to http://tinyurl.com/252oyxd to watch Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier‘s rendition of Travie McCoy and Bruno MarsBillionaire, aptly retitled I Want To Be Miss America, representing the 808 state in her grass skirt, ukulele and slippahs. And don’t forget to vote for her by clicking the “Like” button ...

Jalee Fuselier

Speaking of Mars, guess who was next door at Blaisdell Concert Hall watching Ballet Hawaii‘s The Nutcracker while Mars was on stage in the Arena? If you guessed the first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, you’re correct ...

Spotted: a very happy and beaming Denise Richards on Maui to ring in the new year with her family, including daughters Sam and Lola and her father Irv ... Fun fact: Denise has been “taking it very slowly” with Motley Crüe rocker Nikki Sixx for the past few months. Makes us wonder if the smiles are for Maui or her new man ...

The 1959 Show of Stars poster

This week in 1959: The 12th Show Of Stars welcomes the new decade with The Platters, Bobby Darin and Thurston Harris at the Civic Auditorium. I remember Bobby raving about a song he had just recorded, so I ask him to give us a preview and he includes it in his set! The Hawaii audience responds enthusiastically and later, when the record is released, so does the rest of the country. Mack the Knife would remain No. 1 on the Billboard charts for nine weeks!

The No. 1 record in the Territory of Hawaii is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by The Platters ...

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, everyone!

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