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Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ - December 27, 2006 | Uncle Toms Gabbin | Midweek.com

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 27, 2006
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ONE OF MY favorite holiday stories is about Hawaii’s great songwriter, R. Alex Anderson, and the call he received in May 1942 from friend Bing Crosby asking if he could use his composition Mele Kalikimaka on the B-side of his new recording, White Christmas. Of course the rest is history. White Christmas became the best-selling Christmas single of all time with more than 50 million copies sold. What a Christmas present - Alex made as much off the records sales as Irving Berlin, the composer of White Christmas. Happy holidays to the Anderson family ...

Richard Burgi
Richard Burgi

Vacationing on Oahu: Richard Burgi with wife Lori, sons Jack and Sam. We became friends while Richard starred with Cheryl Ladd in the Glen Larson series One West Waikiki. Since 2004 he’s been a regular on the ABC hit series, Desperate Housewives, playing the philandering ex-husband of star Teri Hatcher ...

Jennifer Hera Pimentel
Jennifer Hera

Happy 2007!! Join celebrity host Russell Tanoue at the Pearl Ultra Lounge New Year’s Eve to bring in the new year! Enjoy the beautiful models in a sexy-artsy fashion show, mixes by DJ Paul Brandon, and a performance by former Miss Hawaii Jennifer Hera Pimentel. All proceeds to benefit the American War Heroes ...

This week in 1976: The new renaissance of Hawaii’s music comes of age in a record-breaking concert at Aloha Stadium. Local airwaves are filled with the music of Sunday Manoa, Country Comfort, Gabby Pahinui, Hui Ohana, Palani Vaughn, Brothers Cazimero, Peter Moon Band, Keola & Kapono Beamer, Olomana, Makaha Sons, Kalapana and Cecilio & Kapono. C&K and Kalapana are contracted for the concert through their manager Ed Guy, who insists on equal billing and money - $50,000 for each group! The Star-Bulletin reports an astounding attendance of 40,000 people.

Tickets are $8.50 advance, $10 at the door. Gov. George Ariyoshi honors both acts with a proclamation heralding Dec. 26 as their day. Radio station invitees include KCCN’s Krash Kealoha, Kukui Nutt, Kimo Kahoano, Cuddly Karen, KIKI’s Mike Hamlin, Ron Wood, Jim Peters, Harvey Weinstein, KGMB’s Aku, Granny Goose, Kim Chee, Ron Wiley, KKUA’s Ron Jacobs, Michael W. Perry, Kamasami Kong, Ed Kanoi, KORL’s Lan Roberts, Willie Moku, Billy Sage, Steven B. Williams, K108’s Ron King, Kimo Akane, Tom Dancer, Steve Hunter, KQMQ’s Gene Davis, Dunbar Wakayama, Noel Grey, Rick Shannon and KGU’s Bill Thompson, Dick Cooke, Courtney Harrington and Bernie Armstrong ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is You Are the Woman by Firefall.

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