Somewhere Over the Rainbow

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is performed in the original key of C major. The song was originally written for the film "The Wizard of Oz" in 1939, by composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E.Y. Harburg. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, also known as IZ, was a Hawaiian musician who gained international recognition for his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World". He released this version in 1993, which became a big hit and gained popularity after being featured in various movies, TV shows, and commercials. An interesting fact about this version is that Israel Kamakawiwo'ole performed and recorded it on a ukulele, emphasizing the beauty and simplicity of the instrument. The melody of the song is soothing and uplifting, with gentle strumming and his heartfelt vocals adding an emotional depth to the overall sound.