Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - September 20, 2006
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For some soothing musical relaxation, check out Kenny Rankin‘s latest CD, Silver Morning, which features 11 tracks of pure vocal brilliance. The perennial Rankin favorites Blackbird and Haven’t We Met take their place alongside masterful renditions of People Get Ready, Penny Lane and Birembau. Order it online at cdbaby.com ...

Dr. Robin Luke, head of the marketing department at Missouri State University, writes that he’s looking forward to his 50th Punahou class reunion - in 2009. He was happy to hear that his hit, Susie Darlin’, will be included in a soon-to-be-released compilation CD, Hawaii’s Rock & Roll, The ‘50s ...

It’s ironic that NBC’s hit TV show Las Vegas will be calling our very own Turtle Bay Resort its “sister” Montecito Resort and Casino soon, because that’s what Sahara Hotel owner Del Webb intended when he opened it in 1972. The story is that he was so certain that gambling would become an island attraction that the lobby of the Kuilima Resort (as it was then known) resembled those in Las Vegas casinos. Gambling never did make it to Hawaii, but it sure is nice to know that Las Vegas has - the Turtle Bay Resort episodes air Oct. 20 and 27 ...

It’s going to be a fun hour this Friday at 6 p.m. on Ala Moana’s Centerstage, so bring your dancing shoes! I’ll be there to introduce Hawaii’s premier oldies band, Wasabi. Around 7 p.m., Wasabi will head to Barnes & Noble to autograph their latest CD, and I’ll be happy to do likewise with my book, Showman of the Pacific ...

John Rowles
John Rowles

ROLL ON: It’s 1971, and Roll On by the New Colony Six makes its debut on the K-Poi Action 20. There’s a West Coast dock strike in progress - no freighters are arriving from Mainland suppliers. Items like toilet paper are in short supply, so K-Poi begins a contest where the correct caller can win a roll of the stuff when hearing Roll On or a promo including part of the song. Entertainment entrepreneur Kimo Wilder McVay, excited when hearing the contest, gets his singing star John Rowles (pronounced - you guessed it - Rolls)

involved. Listeners go wild trying to win! We even have a chauffeur, driving a Cadillac, come down to the station to pick up a prized roll for his Kahala boss ...

The new No. 1 hit in Hawaii is Sweet City Woman by The Stampeders ...

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