When it came to being an ambassador for the great state of Hawaii there wasn’t a bigger or better cheerleader than Do Ho.
Ho would have turned 90 yesterday (Thursday). The tropical singer died of heart failure in 2007 at the age of 76.
When Hawaii became the 50th state Elvis did essentially a travelogue movie in 1961 that helped propel the popularity of the islands. Ho picked up the baton from there.
Born in Honolulu, Ho for years was a recording star, but primarily a nightclub sensation.
The NY Times wrote that Ho had a “nonchalant, slightly slurred baritone. Within five years, Mr. Ho had achieved nationwide fame with several successful albums and a hit single, ‘Tiny Bubbles.’ A full decade before Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville,’ the song painted an appealing portrait of tropical indulgence that cemented Mr. Ho’s character as an easygoing romantic rogue. He adhered to that character in his frequent television appearances in the late 1960s and early ’70s, and on his own ABC variety series, ‘The Don Ho Show,’ from 1976 to 1977.”
Lawrence Welk was first offered “Tiny Bubbles,” but turned it down.
Hollywood legend Donald O’Connor hosted the Hollywood Palace variety ABC-TV show on January 21, 1967.