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Name: Donald Tai Loy Ho                                                                 
Born: August 13, 1930 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA                                             
Died: April 14, 2007                                                                     
Don Ho, born Donald Tai Loy Ho , (August 13, 1930 - April 14, 2007)                     
was a Hawaiian musician and entertainer.                                                 
Ho, of mixed Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Dutch, and German descent, was born         
in the small Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaʻako, but he grew up in Kāneʻohe on         
the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. He was a graduate of the Kamehameha           
Schools in 1949 and he attended Springfield College in 1950, but returned home           
to earn a bachelor's degree in sociology at University of Hawai'i in 1953. In           
1954 Ho entered the United States Air Force and spent time flying fighter jets           
in both Texas and Hawaii.                                                               
Ho left the United States Air Force in 1959 due to his mother's illness and             
began singing at his mother's club, Honey's. In 1963, he moved from Kāneʻohe to       
Waikīkī in Honolulu and played at a night club called Duke's owned by Duke             
Kahanamoku, where he caught the attention of record company officials.                   
Ho was originally signed to Reprise Records.[1] Ho released his debut album, Don         
Ho Show, in 1965 and began to play high profile locations in Las Vegas, Lake             
Tahoe, and New York City. In 1966 he released his second album, a live                   
compilation called Don Ho — Again!, which charted in the early part of that year.     
In the fall of 1966, Ho released his most famous song, Tiny Bubbles, which               
charted on both the pop (#8 Billboard) and easy listening charts and caused the         
subsequent Tiny Bubbles LP to remain in the album Top 20 for almost a year.[2]           
Another song that was familiar with Don was the song "Pearly Shells". Guest             
appearances on television shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch,             
Sanford and Son, Charlie's Angels, and Fantasy Island soon followed. Although           
his album sales peaked in the late 1960s, he was able to land a television spot         
on ABC from October 1976 to March 1977 with the Don Ho Show variety program             
which aired on weekday mornings (which by coincidence, replaced Hot Seat and got         
replaced by Second Chance, both game shows were hosted by Jim Peck).[3][4]