Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 23, 2011
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Haley Kagimoto, Yvonne Iverson, Bryana Salaz, Colby Benson and Jana Souza

CONGRATS TO Mililani resident and student Colby Benson, a finalist on American Idol. Wondering who Colby’s vocal coach is? It’s the well-loved voice and performance instructor Yvonne Iversen. She’s been coaching and molding Colby for the past two years or so, and taught her how to “support” her voice to reach the higher register she sings at now ...

Get your hair done in April: Celebrated color guru Kim Vo will be in Hawaii next month to give classes to local stylists. Vo is the master colorist for L’Oreal and judge on Bravo’s Shear Genius ... Fun fact: Vo also creates the shades of blond for Mattel’s Barbie dolls. More info at kimvo.com ...

NFL superstar Kurt Warner was spotted at Matteo’s in Wailea ... and was that really Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise) eating at JJ Dolan’s downtown? Mmm, great pizza there ...

With all the Grammy hoopla, it just about went unnoticed that The Kingston Trio was honored this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Two-thirds of the group - Bob Shane and Dave Guard - are from Honolulu, both Punahou graduates. The third member, Nick Reynolds, hailed from San Diego ...

Original ‘Life’ magazine cover from 1959: The Kingston Trio, Nick, Dave and Bob

Fun Fact: The Kingston Trio won a Grammy for their hit Tom Dooley on the first Grammy Awards Show held May 4, 1959, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

Speaking of the Grammys, there’s a growing consensus that the Hawaiian category needs a revamp. Most of our Hoku-winning albums could not be eligible for consideration - even those by the hottest Hawaiian musician in the world today, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Auwe! Fun fact: Iz’s Over The Rainbow is the No. 1 download in Germany - even more so than anything by Lady Gaga ...

This week in 1999: The “107.9 Birthday Bash” in Sheraton Waikiki Hotel’s Hawaii Ballroom features Lou Christie, Eddie Holman, Dee Dee Sharp, Len Barry, Barbara Lewis, The Penguins, The Champs, and The Love Notes featuring 13-year-old Bruno singing a couple of hits by Frankie Lymon, including Why Do Fools Fall In Love, the title song of the recent movie about Lymon.

I recall telling Bruno’s dad, Pete Hernandez, that I was disappointed in the actor’s portrayal of young Frankie ... Bruno - today known as Bruno Mars - would’ve been perfect for the part ... And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Believe by Cher ...

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