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Published on Jun 30, 2011
I first began working up an arrangement of this old jazz standard a few years ago. Then I went to the Don Ho Show at Waikiki about a year before he died. The band played a short set, kind of a medley, to start the show and the guitar player grabbed a uke and launched into a chorus of this tune. Afterwards I introduced myself to Benny Chong, ukulele legend. He'd played in the Ali'is and was back playing with Don Ho. We became friends and I always try and catch Benny and his sidekick, Byron Yasui on bass whenever I'm in the islands. Benny inspired me to get serious with this tune and I did some intense woodshedding to learn it. I'd played it on the piano for years but this was a whole new thing. Chordal melody and single string improvisation on the uke. Here I'm playing my Sonny D tenor with Aquila Nylgut DGBE strings (with a high fourth). I found the uke in a pile of instruments at the stadium swap meet. I just can't seem to put it down.