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IZ’s recording of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” is being added to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY for preservation as part of our heritage in recorded sound
HONOLULU (March 24, 2021) - Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” has been a hit record for close to 30 years in Hawaii and throughout the world. As fans hear the first notes of the ‘ukulele, they light up and will often share a personal story with whoever will listen.
● “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”recently logged over a BILLION views on YouTube,
● Has been featured in dozens of full length feature films, TV shows and commercials,
● Has gone multi-platinum in many countries including the US,
● And today... is being added to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY for PRESERVATION as part of the United States’ heritage in recorded sound!
Starting Wednesday, March 24 at 8 a.m. ET, the Library of Congress will begin a campaign on social media to highlight this year’s selections on our Twitter channel (@librarycongress), Facebook page and Instagram (@librarycongress). We invite you to follow along and join the conversation with #NatRecRegistry.
For more information about the National Recording Registry: https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/about-this-program
With this honor, Israel joins luminaries from decades past and shares in the Class of 2020 that also honors Thomas Edison for the first sound recording.
The Mountain Apple Company P.O. Box 22569, Honolulu, HI 96823 Ph: 808-597-1888 www.mountainapplecompany.com | www.izhawaii.com
IZ’s widow, Marlene, finds these accolades “a blessing for my ‘Ohana (family) and we are so happy to share his magic with the world.” “Our wish is that IZ was here to witness the joy the song brings to the world” says producer Jon de Mello.
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole, known to many simply as "IZ," shared his love of Hawai`i and its people with the world at large – and the world responded in kind. He is best known for his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from his RIAA Certified Platinum Record, "Facing Future." Israel’s music continues to grow in popularity and expand it’s reach to music lovers of all stripes in all lands.
“Our wish is that IZ was here to witness the joy the song brings to the world” says producer Jon de Mello.
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ABOUT MOUNTAIN APPLE COMPANY
Jon de Mello and Mountain Apple Company, is involved in almost every facet of the Hawaiian music and entertainment industry, including publishing, producing, recording, distributing, and staging performances for scores of Island musicians and entertainers. More...
Founded in 1947, Jon de Mello and Mountain Apple Company is involved in almost every facet of the Hawaiian music and entertainment industry, including publishing, producing, recording, distributing, and staging performances for scores of Island musicians and entertainers. As a record company, Mountain Apple Company produces and markets the best-selling recorded music in the history of Hawai‘i.
Its music publishing division contains the most extensive Hawaiian and Polynesian music library in the world.
Another division licenses music worldwide for television, motion pictures, music videos and broadcast advertising. The Company is also one of Hawai‘i's most successful music and video distributors.
In another arena of operation, The Mountain Apple Company provides talent management and consulting for many of Hawai‘i's most successful entertainers. Innovative concert promotion, stage design and production, such as the Brothers Cazimero's annual May Day Concerts at the Waikiki Shell amphitheater, are another facet of the Company.
Mountain Apple Company produces live and recorded entertainment for conventions, incentive meetings and sales presentations are involved in almost every facet of the music and entertainment industry, including publishing, producing, recording, distributing, and staging performances for scores of Island musicians and entertainers.
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