Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, April 24, 1999

Denny’s song
brings ’em back

Mug shot ONE of Martin Denny's biggest hits was "Quiet Village." He has received mail from many places around the world from people who have enjoyed the exotic number. One of the strangest letters about "Quiet Village" was passed on to Marty recently by Scamp Records, a New York record distributor. Xxxxx Xxxxxx*, of Florida, wrote Scamp that when she was 12 years old, her stepmother would attend Friday night "seances" to communicate with spirits and would take her along. Xxxxxx, who writes that she "hated those things," said in her note that the medium played "Quiet Village" over and over because it helped the people, who were in a trance, "communicate with the departed." She adds, "I fell in love with the music and never forgot it." That lifted Marty's spirits ...

Island actress-model Natalie Duggan married Canadian Football League wide receiver Willie Hinchcliff in New Zealand over the Easter weekend. Carolyn Bosanko, also an isle actress-model, was in the wedding party. Carolyn said the couple met six years ago when Natalie was touring with Miller Super Models in New Zealand. Will's job was to provide security. Natalie has completed filming for a "Xena: Warrior Princess" episode. She plays Ravenica, a bounty hunter out to kill Xena. The episode, filmed in New Zealand, is entitled "Takes one to Know One," Carolyn said ...

DHT books '42nd Street'

The musical "42nd Street" plays May 14-30 at Diamond Head Theatre, with a May 13 preview as a fund-raiser for the theatre. The cast is led by Tony-award nominated Wanda Richert, who is recreating her role of Peggy Sawyer, and David Spangenthal, last seen here in the touring company of "CATS." The musical is directed by John Rampage, with choreography by Richert and musical direction by Emmett Yoshioka. Tickets for the preview fund-raiser are $50 to $100 and include hors d'oeuvres by Chef Russell Siu, owner of 3660 on the Rise. Richard Field will provide Jess Jackson wines ... Amy Gilliom and Willie K will do May Day shows at Don Ho's Island Grill at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. ... The Brothers Cazimero appear at Ho's tonight ... Sam Choy is trying to "lure" friends to his Aston Keauhou Beach Resort restaurant opening May 1 by sending them invitations that include fishing lures ...

Wilcox played hot trumpet

Jazz fans who used to hit the Tradewinds on Hotel Street in the early 1950s will be sorry to learn of the death of trumpet player George Wilcox, 70, March 9, in Tacoma, Wash. George was part of a hot Tradewinds band made up of local boys that included Danny Barcelona, Bernie Hal-Mann, and brothers Frankie and Bobby Kamaunu. The bouncer was Bob Meltzer, who became a successful artist. Barcelona, incidentally, later became Louis Armstrong's drummer. Trummy Young who was playing trombone at another Hotel Street spot, also joined Armstrong. They were both in Armstrong's band when it was featured in the Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra hit movie, "High Society." George Wilcox was the grandson of Hawaiian patriot and loyalist Robert Wilcox, whose statue is at Fort Street Mall and King Street. Robert Wilcox led a group called Wilcox's Raiders who fought to save the monarchy. He later became Hawaii's first delegate to Congress ...

* Saturday, July 7, 2001, this information was removed
at the request of the person named for personal reasons.

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of
people, places and things every Saturday.
His columns appear online every Monday.

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