Monday, October 27, 2008

This SONG was voted SONG of THE CENTURY !

I am willing to bet that many of you did not know the song, " Over The Rainbow" originally sung by Judy Garland in the film classic "Wizard of Oz", was voted the # 1 Song of the Century ( 1/365 ).
In 2001, the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) conducted a poll to select the top 365 songs of the century. You can see the full list in wikipedia. "Over the Rainbow" was also voted the Top song in another poll conducted by the American Film Industry(AFI) in 2004 called the Top 100 songs from films.

The Youtube video I have put here is a special version sung by the late Ukulele great...Israel Kamakawiwo'ole of Hawaii. His version appeared in the 2004 Romantic Comedy " 50 First Dates ", a movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, directed by Peter Segal.

This video comes with lyrics....just like karaoke.

Many people consider this version by Brudder Iz ( his nickname) even better than the original one. I am one of these many people!

He sings Over the Rainbow and continues with What A Wonderful World.

If anyone in Singapore wants to hear a rendition of Brudder Iz's version "Live"...on ukulele, you would have to make a private appointment with unk Dicko...or wait a little longer until I post my own version here or in day.


peter said...

I wait for you clip. Can I request for "Burong Kakaka"

unk Dicko said...

You mean Burung Kaka...famously sung by Anneke Gronloh?
No problem..even Bengawan Solo,Dayung Sampan,Lenggang2 Kangkong etc..
These are songs that are best played with a "keroncong" beat and tempo.

unk Dicko said...

It may be nearly 2 years ago when Peter made this request for some of Unk Dicko's rendition of some popular songs...with Ukulele.
In that time, I have actually performed these songs in public events, the latest being last weekend at Hwan Gardens.
I welcome anyone to hear some of these songs "live" at my next public event..on Sunday 3 Oct 2010 at the Serangoon CC. Time: Between 7-9 pm.
Hari Raya celebrations.