|Genres:||Comedy Movies Easy Listening Vocals World|
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|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Donald Tai Loy Ho, 13 August 1930, Kakaako, Oahu, Hawaii, d. 14 April 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Raised in Windward Oahu, Ho studied at Springfield College, Massachusetts, and the University of Hawaii. From the mid-50s until the end of the decade he served in the US Air Force, piloting fighters. Back on the Islands he formed a band, the Aliis, and began performing and singing popular songs of the day. Playing Hammond B3 he became hugely popular with audiences in Hawaii, appearing at local venues and also on the mainland where he played at the Cocoanut Grove in Hollywood in the mid-60s. In 1967, he had an enormous local hit with Tiny Bubbles, a song that appealed to audiences beyond the Islands and was placed in Billboards Top 10. During the following decade he appeared often on television, including hosting his own show.
In 1996, Ho took an acting role in the film, Joes Apartment. Still very popular, Ho continued to...