Song 'Tiny Bubbles' was his signature
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published April 15, 2007
HONOLULU - Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing the catchy signature tune Tiny Bubbles, has died. He was 76.
He died Saturday morning (April 14, 2007) of heart failure, publicist Donna Jung said.
Mr. Ho had suffered with heart problems for the past several years, and had a pacemaker installed last fall. In 2005, he underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand.
Mr. Ho entertained Hollywood's biggest stars and thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show - a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history and audience participation.
Shows usually started and ended with the same song, Tiny Bubbles. Mr. Ho mostly hummed as the audience enthusiastically took over the song's swaying, silly lyrics: "Tiny bubbles/in the wine/make me happy/make me feel fine."
"I hate that song," he often joked to the crowd.
The son of bar owners, he broke into the Waikiki entertainment scene in the 1960s and, except for short periods, never left.
Donald Tai Loy Ho, who was Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and German, was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Honolulu.
His other well-known songs include I'll Remember You, With All My Love, and Hawaiian Wedding Song.
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