Temptations with 'Pops' have full house yelling for more
haven't lost a step since the 1960s and believe me, the disciplined group turned loose plenty of steps before an enthusiastic packed crowd of 2,000 Saturday night at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. But the five-man Motown group, their conductor and four-person rhythm section did much more than dance with the Symphony Pops
. They sang their vintage hits, told stories and cracked jokes to earn a standing ovation after their lengthy performance. Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson, G.C. Cameron
and Otis Williams
, the only original member still performing in the group formed in 1960, looked sharp in yellow tux with tails. The Temps' conductor Bob Farrell
pulled a surprise by dancing a number with the gang. He was cool. Concertmaster Iggy Jang
was also a cool dude. He played a violin solo on a song from the early Sinatra
"Ocean's Eleven" picture. Iggy, with a cigarette dangling from his lips, looked like a Rat-Packer. Matt Catingub
and the Pops were outstanding, playing songs from the '60s during the first half of the show ...
HERTZ'S Bill Williams and wife Ramona, a hot couple around town for many years before he transferred to Bellair, Fla., included a photo of their 16-month-old son in their holiday card. I didn't know they had little Gunner Bill. Big Bill still maintains his island contacts, writes local girl Ramona. He's active with the UH Presidents Club, the Deputies, the 200 Club and the Variety Club School ...
Tapia, 99, in concert; Kaulukukui turns 94
UKE PLAYER Bill Tapia,
born on New Year's Day 1908, presents his 99th birthday concerts tomorrow and Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the rRed Elephant. That's amazing! Besides playing ukulele jazz with such artists as Mihana Souza, Jeff Peterson, Steve Jones
and other singers and musicians, this living legend will tell stories of pre-WWII Honolulu. Tickets are $27.50 ... Tommy Kaulukukui
, named UH football coach soon after WWII ended, celebrated his 94th birthday Monday at Pohai Nani Care Home. Tommy was also a star running back at UH. He told well-wishers he was the smallest man on the team. Roy Kruse
, whose 97-year-old mom, Olive
, is also a Pohai Nani resident, spoke about Tommy's career ...
, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things in our Hawaii. E-mail him at email@example.com