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Appreciating Schmaltz: Don Ho’s Little Grass Shack

POSTED June 14, 2013
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There was a time not too long ago when Don Ho ruled the Hawaiian Islands with the smoothness of a tropical breeze. His schmaltzy reign lasted pretty much from the beginning of the 1960s until his death in 2007. Ho was certainly one of the hardest working acts in showbiz while he was at it, playing for tourists, recording albums and making appearances on shows like I Dream of Jeannie, Sanford and Son, Batman (he did one of the famous window appearances) and (perhaps most appropriately) Fantasy Island. Thanks to all this exposure, anyone going on a trip to Hawaii just had to catch Ho’s lounge act at the Hilton or the Outrigger or, for a ten year stretch in the 80s, at his own club. Sure, Don Ho’s best known for his Tiny Bubbles, and that song is to be sure about as schmaltzy as it gets, but we’ve selected My Little Grass Shack to feature, since it shows off both his island chops and his ability to swing when the song picks up toward the end. We can only hope Don’s having a ball right now welcoming new arrivals to the Big Island in the Sky.

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