Somewhere Over the Rainbow

For the past eight weeks, the biggest-selling song in Germany has been a cover version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by a morbidly obese, ukulele-playing Hawaiian named Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. But any new fans hoping to see him perform will be as disappointed as the song’s publisher, who heard the version a few years ago, realised the lyrics were slightly wrong, and asked Leah Bernstein at the Mountain Apple record label if she could ask him to re-record it. Well I’d really love to, Bernstein replied, but he’s dead — via

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