Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - August 09, 2006
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Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka

THERE HAVE BEEN only a couple of performers I’ve presented who can sit at a grand piano and keep an audience spellbound. One is Elton John. The other is Neil Sedaka, whose concerts have been a highlight of Hawaii Theatre’s holiday schedule for the past three years. Neil Sedaka: The Show Goes On, taped during his sold-out performance at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall in April, will air on PBS Hawaii at 8 p.m. this Wednesday. The show was based on the format Neil developed while playing to Hawaii audiences ...

Wayne Brady will be on the air this fall with a new show on Fox TV called Celebrity Duets, produced by American Idol‘s Simon Cowell. It’ll feature singing stars working with non-music celebrities to make beautiful music together for a panel of judges and a live studio audience. And it’s about time super-talented Wayne came home for a concert ...

Got a call yesterday from a high-powered agent in Hollywood who gushed nonstop about their $125 American Air roundtrip fare to Hawaii. What I want to know is why Hawaii residents can’t take advantage of a fare like that to visit the Mainland ...

Jeff Peterson and Brother Noland will provide the entertainment as Compadres Bar & Grill hosts a party and art show benefitting the Louis Vuitton Creative Art Program at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Look for Ann Yoshida‘s stunning jewelry among the offerings - Ann is a spinal cord injury patient who works wonders with silver, glass and crystal ...

Where are they now: Skip Lambert, longtime GM at Aaron’s, is working at Ed Case‘s campaign headquarters these days ...

Fifty years ago, Henry J. Kaiser opened the first phase of his newly constructed Hawaiian Village Hotel. The super industrialist said it was the fastest construction job he had ever completed. Most people think that Alfred Apaka opened the hotel, but the featured vocalist was Hawaiian falsetto singer George Kainapau. Happy birthday, Hilton Hawaiian Village! ...

This week in 1969, Blood Sweat & Tears and John Mayall sold out the H.I.C. Arena. BS&T’s lead singer, David Clayton-Thomas, arrived late for the show, so the backstage gates were closed. Police tried to arrest him when they caught him climbing the fence, thinking he was a gate crasher. A near-fight ensued, but cooler heads ultimately prevailed. The concert went on as scheduled to the delight of 8,000 unsuspecting fans ...

Curtis Iaukea
Curtis Iaukea

Also happening that same week: A sold-out crowd of more than 5,200 were on hand at the Civic Auditorium to watch The Missing Link defeat Rocky Montero, and saw Curtis “The Bull” Iaukea and Chief Billy White Wolf fight to a draw after referee Wally Tsutsumi counted them out for fighting outside the ring. Ed Francis and Pedro Morales became the new Hawaiian Tag Team champions, defeating “King”

Ripper Collins and Killer Austin in a ring surrounded by a steel fence.

The No. 1 song, for the fourth week in a row, was My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder.

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