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Tom Moffatt

Sid Bernstein, La Toya Jackson, Chris Brown and more celebrity news

SID BERNSTEIN IS MOST famous as the man who began the “British Invasion” in the ’60s, having brought The Beatles to the U.S. … and later introducing The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, The Moody Blues and others to American audiences … I met Sid a few days after his historic Shea Stadium concert with The Beatles. He managed The Young Rascals at the time, and came here for every one of their shows. Sid discovered Leonard’s malasadas that first trip – the bakery became his prime destination whenever he visited. So when he celebrated his 95th birthday a few days ago, I sent him some “malasada baby” plush dolls. According to his wife, Gerry, and their family, they were one of the highlights of his day …

Sid, who passed away Aug. 21, was a big man with a passion for food and for people – truly one of the nicest, most loving souls in the business. My family will miss him dearly. Aloha, Sid …

While in town for his Waikiki Shell concert this past weekend, Chris Brown also shot a new music video at several locations including the Doris Duke estate, Cromwell’s and Secret Island at Kualoa Ranch. The backdrops reportedly replaced Brown’s first choice for shooting – the sandbars in Kaneohe Bay – when producers could not obtain the proper permits …

Also filming in town … La Toya Jackson, working on her reality show Life with La Toya

Hawaiian Brian’s hosts an all-ages concert next Friday featuring New York band The Slackers, Go Jimmy Go and The Blue Ribbons, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Then, Sept. 13, Go Jimmy Go and The Blue Ribbons will gig with The Expanders and Chris Murray Combo at The Republik …

This week in 1966: “Gentleman” Ed Francis presents a big wrestling card at the Civic Auditorium. In the main event, Neff Maiava dethrones Ripper Collins to become the “new” Hawaiian Heavyweight champion … the special guest referee for the match is former undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano! In a tag team match, “Handsome” Johnny Barend and Beauregarde defeat Kongozan and Charlie Kalani. In other matches … Chief Billy White Wolf wins over Duke Savage Sammy Steamboat pins Wild Bill Dromo … and Nick Bockwinkel fights to a time-limit draw with The Mongolian Stomper. Ticket prices: $2.75, $1.75 and 50 cents for kids … and the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Bus Stop by The Hollies

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