Playing 3 shows a night in Waikiki

Living in Hawaii after Pearl Harbor Mother taught him how to play the ukulele Inspired to play ukulele after hearing Eddie Kamae How he got on the All-Navy show on Ed Sullivan Friend convinced him to make a record Number 1 Hit "Sushi" Playing 3 shows a night in Waikiki "Song for Anna" Performing in Japan

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Yeah, I just played, like tried to build a show, an exciting show of musical talent, you know, one after another.  Try to cram an hour’s music time into like forty-five minutes or something.   

We used to play like three shows a night, I think, at the Ilikai Hotel and they had a cover charge, $2.50 or something.  And that place was lined up!  That’s when things were good in the late 60’s.  Locals came out to Waikiki, and they had a line all the way down to the street.

[Play music]

Date: August 2012
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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