Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 01, 2006
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Jerry Heller and Eazy-E
Jerry Heller and Eazy-E

THE LATEST and most fascinating book on the music business, Ruthless, written by my friend of 40 years, Jerry Heller, is out in stores now. I first met Jerry when he was booking The Rascals and Van Morrison back in the ‘60s. Neither of us imagined that later he would make history in partnership with a young visionary from Compton named Eazy-E, who was the genius behind N.W.A.

Forming Ruthless Records, they would go on to release one of the all-time greatest rap albums, Boyz-N-the-Hood, establish West Coast rap, and launch the careers of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (who would then go on to launch the careers of Snoop Dog, Eminem and 50 Cent). The book is an insightful look into those early days at Ruthless that even include the beginnings of a young University of Nevada football player turned security guard named Suge Knight ...


Eazy was a real gentleman and a kid at heart ... I remember Eazy joining Jerry, his wife Gayle, and myself for dinner at John Dominis making a grand entrance on a skateboard ...

Seen lounging over the weekend at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Island-born Jason Scott Lee and Lost castaway (Mr. Eko) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in town for the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival ...

For a great listen, check out new band Ho’omalie, with debut CD produced by music veteran Zanuck Lindsey titled Only You. This four-part quartet including Zanuck, John Enos, Kimo Hussey and Lopaka Ho’opi’i makes for a special mix. From traditional nahenahe (old-style) soothing music, soft up-tempo jazz beats, to contemporary oldies and classic Hawaiian, this fresh new album has a variety for all to enjoy. You can also see Ho’omalie live every Thursday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHAT’S IN? In-Tune, a hot new reality series being compared to MTV’s Unplugged, hosted by local celebrity and radio personality Lanai, co-hosted by Playboy beauty Tenniel Gacayan. With Island favorites such as Hapa, Natural Vibrations and Kalaeloa seen shooting premiere episodes this past weekend. The acoustic jam sessions with personal behind-the-scene clips sounds like a winner - it debuts Dec. 2 on KHON2 ...


This Week in 1969 ... Creedence Clearwater Revival and Seals and Crofts perform at the HIC Arena. It is the first time I have worked with Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts since they were members of the Champs (Jimmy was their saxophone player and Dash played the drums) when we tour the Islands with the Show of Stars in 1959.

The No. 1 Record in Hawaii: a two-sided hit Come Together/Something by The Beatles.

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