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Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses và singing the catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," has died. He was 76.

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HONOLULU — Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses và singing the catchy signature tune “Tiny Bubbles,” has died. He was 76.

He died Saturday morning of heart failure, publicist Donna Jung said.

Ho had suffered with heart problems for the past several years, and had a pacemaker installed last fall. In 2005, he underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Đất nước xinh đẹp Thái Lan.

Promoter Tom Moffatt said he attended Ho’s final show Thursday & Ho received a standing ovation. Afterward, Ho reminisced about his many years in Waikiki và talked about how Judy Garl& thanh lịch with hyên one night.

“Don was in great spirits,” he said. “He was fine.”

Ho entertained Hollywood’s biggest stars và thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show — a phối of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history và audience participation.

Shows usually started và ended with the same tuy nhiên, “Tiny Bubbles.” Ho mostly hummed the song’s swaying melody as the audience enthusiastically took over the familiar lyrics: “Tiny bubbles/in the wine/make me happy/make me feel fine.”

“I hate that tuy nhiên,” he often joked to the crowd. He said he performed it twice because “people my age can’t remember if we did it or not.”

The son of bar owners, Ho broke inkhổng lồ the Waikiki entertainment scene in the early 1960s &, except for short periods, never left. Few artists are more associated with one place.

“Hawaii is my partner,” Ho told The Associated Press in 2004.

Donald Tai Loy Ho, who was Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch và German, was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Honolulu and grew up in the then-rural countryside of Kaneohe.

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In high school, he was a star football player and worked for a brief time in a pinetáo cannery. After graduating in 1949, he attended Springfield College in Massachusetts on an athletic scholarship. He grew homesiông xã, returned to lớn the islands and ended up graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1953 with a degree in sociology.

Inspired by the U.S. military planes flying in & out of Hawaii during World War II, Ho joined the Air Force. As the Korean War wound down, he piloted transport planes between Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu & Tokyo.

When he returned home page & took over his parents’ struggling neighborhood bar, Honey’s, he put together a bvà và started performing at his father’s request.

“I had no intention of being an entertainer,” Ho said. “I just played songs I liked from the radio, and pretty soon that place was jammed. Every weekover there would be lines down the street.”

Honey’s became a happening place on Oahu, with other Hawaiian musicians stopping in for jam sessions. Ho began to play at various spots in Hawaii, then had a breakout year in 1966, when appearances at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood helped hyên build a mainlvà following, & the release of “Tiny Bubbles” gave hlặng his greademo recording success.

Soon he was packing places such as the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Stars such as Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr. và Frank Sinatra were known lớn be in the audience for Ho’s shows.

Ho also became a television star, & hosted the “The Don Ho Show” on ABC from 1976-77. One of Ho’s most memorable TV appearances was a 1972 cameo on an episode of “The Brady Bunch.”

“I’ve had too much fun all these years,” he said in the 2004 interview. “I feel real guilty about it.”

Gov. Lindomain authority Lingle said Ho created a legacy that will inspire future generations of musicians in Hawaii.

“Hawaii has lost a true islvà treasure,” she said. “He laid the foundation for the international prominence Hawaii’s music industry enjoys today.”

Besides “Tiny Bubbles,” his other well-known songs include “I’ll Remember You,” “With All My Love,” và the “Hawaiian Wedding Song.”

In the final years of his life, Ho’s heart problems couldn’t keep hyên ổn away from the stage. He was baông chồng performing at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel on a limited schedule less than two months after his heart procedure in Đất nước xinh đẹp Thái Lan. His final performance was Thursday, Jung said.

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Ho is survived by his wife, Haumea, & 10 children, including Hoku, who sometimes performed with her father.

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