Hawaiian music is one of the richest musical traditions in the world as well as the birthplace of the steel guitar, among other native instruments. Like the music of the calypso islands, Hawaiian can be sentimental and alluring or sly and hilarious.
Hawaiian music reflects the hearty indigenous culture, the curious habits of the haole tourist, and the polyglot of ethnicities that bring change and variety to daily life. Hawaiian music was tremendously popular just before and after Hawaii became the 50th of the United States. Webley Edwards and "Hawaii Calls" summoned thousands at least as far as the radio and television, if not the islands. And the 49th State label issued many of the best, early Hawaiian lps.
A glut of inferior albums produced on the mainland in the s removed much of the lustre, however. One rule of thumb in identifying the better ones: the longer the Hawaiian name, the more authentic! Harry Owens, Hilo Hattie, Ed Kenney and others wrote some of the world's funniest songs as well as some of the beloved, sentimental standards usually associated with Hawaii. Also popular were the greats of steel guitar, such as Hal Aloma and Roy Smeck.
Kui Lee was a young star who Three Times A Lady - Various - 25 N°1 Hits From 25 Years young but left a legacy of poetry and song that ushered in the modern Hawaii of Don Ho. In the early s and later, refugees from Californian rock bands, such as legendary "Wipeout" originator Merrell Fankhauser, made wonderful records inspired by Maui, the search for lost continents, menehunes, etc.
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