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Hawaiian Rainbow - Hawaiian Music on Edison Records (1916 - 1929)

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Helen Louise & Palakiko Ferreira
01 - Moana Lua - Hawaiian Hula Medley Listen

Ford's Hawaiian Orchestra
02 - Kahola March Listen
03 - Aloha Oe Listen

Samuel Siegel & Marie Caveny
04 - Kuu Ipo I Ka Hee Pue Listen

Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra
05 - Hawaiian Rainbow Listen

Hilo Serenaders
06 - After Every Party (Vocal: V. Dalhart) Listen

Frank Ferera & John Paaluhi
07 - St. Louis Blues Listen
08 - Southern Blues Listen

Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra
09 - Aloha (Means I Love You) Listen

The Four Aristocrats
10 - Don't Sing Aloha When I Go Listen

Aloha Land Serenaders
11 - Honolulu Home Sweet Home Listen
12 - Lonely Nights in Hawaii Listen

Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra
13 - Honolulu Moon Listen

Roy Smeck
14 - Twighlight Echoes Listen

Shaw's Hawaiian Orchestra
15 - The Hula Blues Listen
16 - Hawaiian Bluebird Listen

Mid Pacific Hawaiians
17 - Maile Lau Liilii Listen
18 - Hanohano Hawaii Listen

Various artists.
Genres: Hawaiian, Hawaiian guitar, steel guitar, world music.

Informative booklet notes by Gillian Atkinson.

Hawaiian Rainbow is the latest CD in the Document ASA (American Sound Archives) series featuring previously unissued recordings produced by the Edison Company between the years of 1914-1929. Hawaiian music had been recorded as early as the 1890s but was not especially popular or influential until 1912 when Richard Walton Tully's Play Bird of Paradise hit the Broadway stage sparking an explosion of interest. Next came the appearance of Keoki Awai's Royal Hawaiian Quartette at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. In late 1915 Victor began issuing Hawaiian discs on a monthly basis. By 1916 all companies, not least Edison, recorded Hawaiian or pseudo-Hawaiian numbers. An article titled "Hawaiian Music Universally Popular," included in the September 1916 issue of Edison Phonograph Monthly, asks, "Two years ago what did the public know about Hawaiian Music, Ukuleles, Hula Hula Dances? Since then Hawaiian music and American versions of it have taken the United States by storm...

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