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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Hawaii's favorite entertainer who became a national star in 1993 and tragically died just four years later. He began playing music with older brother and cousin at the age of eleven and continued after both his partners went their separate ways. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" reached #12 on the Billboard charts and was used on the TV series Glee, Scrubs, ER, and Life on Mars. The popular Hawaiian musician and actor Moe Keale was his uncle. His music was used in the film Meet Joe Black, which starred Brad Pitt. [+]