Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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Biography

Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwo'ole (May 20th 1959 - June 26th 1997) was a popular entertainer and singer in Hawai'i until his death at the age of 38 in 1997. He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World. The song has been included in the end of several movies, including Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates and Fred Claus, the TV show Scrubs, as well as the 2002 season finale of the TV series ER, the end of the season finale of Young Americans and in the very last episode in April 2007 of the UK Drama series Life On Mars and now as the intro to BBC series South Pacific. His song "Hawai'i 78" is used as the entrance music when BJ Penn fights in the UFC.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Somewhere Over The Rainbow  -  1,038,810 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    Ooooo oooooo ohoohohoo
    Ooooo ohooohoo oooohoo
    Ooooo ohoohooo oohoooo
    Oohooo oohoooho ooooho
    Ooooo oooooo oooooo
    Over The Rainbow  -  832,106 plays
  3.  
    Lyrics
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Way up high
    And the dreams that you dreamed of
    Once in a lullabye
    Oh, somewhere over the rainbow
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World  -  421,664 plays
  4.  
    Lyrics
    Somewhere over the rainbow,
    way up high,
    in a dream that you dream of,
    once in a lullaby,
    oh somewhere over the rainbow,
    Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World  -  322,469 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Way up high
    And the dreams that you dreamed of
    Once in a lullabye
    Oh, somewhere over the rainbow
    Somewhere over the rainbow / What a wonderful world  -  294,839 plays
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