Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Real Name:
Israel Kamakawiw'ole
Born 20th of May 1959, full-blooded Hawaiian born artist Israel released several CD's and got his break in the U.S. when a Radio DJ in California played his version of the Judy Garland written song 'Somewhere over the rainbow' from his 'Facing Future' album, a simple song with his voice and a Ukulele in a traditional Hawaiian performance. Israel or 'Iz' is the most popular and legendary artist that came from Hawaii and never seem to be forgotten by the citizens.

He died 26th of June 1997 of heart failure due to his massive body weight of over 900 pounds (400 Kilos). Today, 'Somewhere over the rainbow' is widely used in commercials and movies and is still popular over 10 years after since that rainy day in California where people heard it on the radio for the first time. And the album 'Facing Future' has sold over 1 million on worldwide basis.
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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Discography


ST 6005 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Ka 'Ano'i(CD, Album) Discos Tropical (2) ST 6005 US 1990 Sell This Version
BBCD 5901 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Facing Future (Album) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5901 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BBCD 5902 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole E Ala Ē(CD, Album) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5902 US 1995 Sell This Version
BBCD 5903 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole N Dis Life(CD) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5903 US 1996 Sell This Version
BBCD 5904 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Iz In Concert: The Man And His Music(CD) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5904 US 1998 Sell This Version
BBCD 5907 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Alone In Iz World (Album) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5907 US 2001 Sell This Version
BBCD 5911 Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole* Wonderful World(CD, Album, Dig) Big Boy Record Company BBCD 5911 US 2007 Sell This Version
SPCD 9076 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole & The Makaha Sons Of Ni'ihau Israel Kamakawiwo'ole & The Makaha Sons Of Ni'ihau - Unforgettable(CD) Poki Records SPCD 9076 US 2008 Sell This Version
0600753340134, 533401-3 Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole* Over The Rainbow (Album) B1 Recordings, Mercury 0600753340134, 533401-3 Europe 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HIT 34 IZ* Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World (Single, Maxi) Hot Records (2) HIT 34 UK 2006 Sell This Version


2750061 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Best Of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Comp) B1 Recordings, The Mountain Apple Company, Universal Music Domestic Pop 2750061 Europe 2010 Sell This Version