Israel Kamakawiwoole Over the Rainbow is Revived

Israel Kamakawiwoole Wonderful World Album Cover
Israel Kamakawiwoole Wonderful World Album Cover | Source

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

May 20, 1959- June 26, 1997

Over The Rainbow Cover

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole is the Hawaiian  singer most known for his single Over the Rainbow. First released on the Album Facing Future in 1993, Over The Rainbow also featured in Romantic Comedies You’ve Got Mail,50 First Dates and Meet Joe Black. The song originally debuted in a at No. 44 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The latest revival of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's Over the Rainbow happened in Germany last year following the songs use in a commercial.

Over the Rainbow dominated the German Pop Charts in 2010 selling over 300,000 copies after retaining pole position for 12 consecutive weeks. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Over the Rainbow has just entered the Austrian and French Chats too-nearly 14 years after the death of the singer.

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole Over The Rainbow Tops The Charts In Germany

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World | Source

Somewhere Over the Rainbow-The Original Composers


Over The Rainbow (1993) is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s ukulele/Jazz /Reggae inspired rendition of the original song Somewhere over the Rainbow made for the Movie The Wizard of Oz, composed by E.A. Harburg. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1939) later becoming Judy Garland’s signature song.

Apart from Israel Kamakawiwoole’s remake of Over the Rainbow the song has had several other successful renditions including recent editions by Eva Cassidy (1992) and Danielle Hope (2010).

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