Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - April 12, 2006
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BACK IN THE early 1960s, when I was one of the Poi Boys, I remember receiving letters from listeners on Christmas Island - Royal Air Force personnel from England - requesting songs by a relatively unknown group, the Beatles. It was really unusual to have listeners outside of Hawaii. Today, thanks to the Internet, it’s thrilling to know that I have listeners all over the world. But some things really haven’t changed all that much. I received a letter recently from a listener in England, Debbie Santos (formerly of Maui), asking me to dedicate a song to her mom back home. Her request? A song by the Beatles ...

Longtime Isle announcer and PR giant Bill Bigelow, also a former member of the U.S. Navy, is happy to report that his spy thriller, Red Sky At Night, is into its second printing ...

According to Mike Higuchi, tattooing is bigger than ever. Mike is the resident tattoo artist at The Dark Side in Kakaako. He’s a testimonial to his art, with tattoos covering 75 percent of his body - and he’s still not done. In his 10-year career he’s amassed several thousand designs to his credit, the most unusual being a rat peering around an unmentionable part of a gorgeous young girl ...

Shawn Felipe
Shawn Felipe

Former UH student Shawn Felipe, now living in L.A., returns home to headline a comedy night this Saturday at the Hawaiian Hut along with Mel Cabang, Edwin San Juan, Joey Guila and Lanai...

Gene Pitney, who died last week, made only one Honolulu appearance, in 1963 at the Civic Auditorium on a Show of Stars roster that also included the Shirelles and the Cascades. Though Gene stopped here often on his way to and from Australia, his performance schedule was always full so we never got around to another date in Hawaii. The last time I heard from him was through mutual friend (and Pitney fan) Kevin Hirabara, when Gene asked him to say hello to me ...

Tim Ryan has just been named executive editor of Hawaii Film and Video Magazine, an in-depth quarterly that covers behind-the-scenes action on local TV, video, and commercial production ...

Bobby Rydell
Bobby Rydell

This week in 1964: Modern-day entertainment really began. Along with Ron Jacobs, Tom Rounds, and Mel “The Moneyman” Lawrence, I presented the first concert at the brand new Honolulu International Center Arena, featuring some of the top young rock talent of the day.“A Million Dollar Party” featured Bobby Rydell, Jan & Dean, Teddy Randazzo, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Johnny Crawford, Paul & Paula, Ray Peterson, The Dovells, April & Nino, Betty “Shoop Shoop” Everett, Bobby Freeman and Hawaii’s Casuals and Telstars. Tickets were $2.

The No. 1 hit in Hawaii in that week: Twist and Shout by the Beatles.

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