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Greetings From Hawaii


Back in 1958, one of my teachers thought it would be a good idea to get us to talk about the possibility of statehood for Hawaii. Having a bunch of kids discuss current events seemed like a fine way to get our minds off sex and music. And so, like many Americans, he asked "Should Hawaii become a state?" After some silence, one of my classmates raised his hand and said, "No. Because it isn't touching." ,

This rather quaintly phrased objection expressed what many people felt back then. States were supposed to be pieces of land that bordered other states, and the US of A was a big hunk of land composed of adjacent little pieces. To include some islands way out in the Pacific that took god-knows how long to reach before jet travel was commonplace just didn't make sense. ,

But actually it did. And on August 21, 1959, Hawaii (along with Alaska – another non-contiguous piece of land) was granted statehood. Hawaii became the 50th state, stoking an upturn in the flag industry, as Americans rushed to update their 48-starred red, white and blue banners. Under all that national pride, the reasons for growth were not quite so pure. America had actually annexed Hawaii in 1898 and made it a territory in 1900, hoping to keep its economic advantages out of the hands of the Europeans. There was plenty of intrigue and some threats of violence surrounding these events, and more than another half century would pass before political and racial resistance to statehood would subside. ,

States all have their own unique identities, but none is more exotic and ethnically diverse than Hawaii. It's quite commonplace for Americans from the mainland who visit Hawaii to think of it as a foreign vacation. To this day, travelers arrive in Honolulu and ask what kind of money the locals use. ,

While it's true that American culture often assimilates everything in sight, it also leaves many superficial trappings intact. Thus, almost everyone has a sense of what 'Hawaiian music' sounds like. Unfortunately, for many of us, this conjures up images of Don Ho (or one of his numerous clones) singing Pretty Bubbles. In fact, this is unfair to Mr. Ho. Long before his popularity spread in the 1970s, there was an earlier epidemic of watered down Hawaiian music spreading across the US. At the turn of the century, Hawaiian songs were normally sung in their native language and rarely left the islands. In 1912, a stage play called 'Bird Of Paradise' opened on Broadway and was a smash hit. The show featured a troop of Hawaiian musicians performing in their native language. The 'New York Times' called the music "weirdly sensuous," which drew even larger audiences. After that, the play began to tour, taking this new music to listeners outside New York City. Just as this was happening, a 1915 San Francisco exposition of Pacific culture featured a show by the Royal Hawaiian Quartette, bringing native Hawaiian music and dancing to a west coast audience. ,

The American appetite for this strange new music grew almost overnight and non-Hawaiian songwriters struggled to produce Hawaiian-sounding product. Naturally, there was a limit to what Americans could digest, and so Hapa Haole songs were born. Strictly speaking, Hapa Haole means 'half foreign' although colloquially its meaning may be closer to "songs the accursed white man has stolen from us and exploited for his financial gain." The truth is, however, that Hawaiians, too, were making good money as the market for their native music spread to a whole new continent and brought tourism to their door. ,

Much Hapa Haole music contains just enough Hawaiian language to sound authentic. It wasn't uncommon for early Tin Pan Alley songwriters (whose Hawaiian vocabularies consisted of "Aloha!" ) to write gibberish that sounded Hawaiian and, with a ukulele and steel guitar to accompany it, who was likely to know, much less complain? Even standard pop songs in English could be made to sound Hawaiian if you threw in a few Hawaiian-sounding touches - some words, the right stringed instruments or a Hula rhythm. In the 1920s and 1930s, Hawaiian-based music literally flooded the market and accounted for a surprisingly large share of record and sheet music sales. On into the 1950s and later decades, Hawaiian songs were often viewed as 'novelty records.' Amazingly, they have retained their appeal across massive changes in American values. In fact, the impact of Hawaiian music has never been far from American popular culture ever since 'The Bird Of Paradise' hit the Broadway stage in 1912.

Greetings From ... CD-Album-Series by Bear Family  , ,

Music about the US Staates re-released on CDs by Bear Family

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Various - Greetings From - Greetings From Hawaii CD 1
01 Hawaii's Calling Me ROBBINS, Marty
02 Me Rock A Hula HALEY, Bill
03 Beyond The Reef SONS OF THE PIONEERS
04 On That Old Haweiian Shore Whith You SNOW, Hank
05 Hula Love KNOX, Buddy
06 My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii WEST, Speedy & Jimmy Bryant
07 Blue Hawaii LOCKLIN, Hank
08 My Isle Of Golden Dreams ROBBINS, Marty
09 Hawaiian Sea Breeze McDONALDS, Skeets
10 Hillbilly Hula CARMEN, Jenks Tex
11 Blue For Old Hawaii SNOW, Hank
12 Bop A Hula NEWMANN, Jimmy
13 Hawaiian Bells IVES, Burl
14 Hawaiian Cowboy ALLEn, Rex
15 Aloha Oe ROBBINS, Marty
16 Little Hula Shack In Hawaii CAMPBELL, Cecil
17 Lula Rock A Hula BREWER, Teresa
18 Hawaiian Wedding Song REEVES, Jim
19 Stars Above Hawaii SONS OF THE PIONEERS
20 Everybody Does It In Hawaii RODGERS, Jimmie
21 Sweet Leilani ROBBINS, Marty
22 Hootchy Kootchy Henry From Hawaii TOROK, Mitchell
23 Hawaiian War Chant VAUGHN, Billy
24 Hula Rock SNOW, Hank
25 Hawaiian Farewell WINSTON, Winnie & Hank Davis
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Greetings From ... CD-Album-Series by Bear Family

This series featuring the various regions of the United States is launched with the spotlight on the nation’s foremost areas for country music, Tennessee and Texas. Each cd contains a generous 25 tracks with the compilations combining the familiar with the lesser known, both artist and songwise.

With the name of the state in each song title, the Tennessee collection comes up with some all time favourites – like Jimmy Martin’s Tennessee, Pee Wee King’s Tennessee Waltz (naturally) and Eddy Arnold’s Tennessee Stud, with the lesser knows … Tears, … Blues, … Boogie, … Jive and … Rock ‘n’ Roll (among others) perhaps providing a first airing for some listeners. Likewise, with the Texas collection: Ernest Tubb’s Waltz Across Texas, Roy RogersYellow Rose Of Texas and Bob Wills/Leon Rausch’s Deep In The Heart Of Texas certainly don’t need any introductions while Love You As Big As Texas, Texas Silver Zephyr, Two Texas Boys and A Texas Honky Tonk may be new found delights to many listeners.

The assortment of artists (not always a citizen of the State they’re proclaiming the virtues of) similarly range from the very famous to the relatively obscure. Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, Pee Wee King, Hank Williams, Bobby Bare and Johnny Cash are among the music’s foremost contributors while Jimmie Logsdon, Zeb Turner, Jimmie Dolan, Gene O’Quin and Ole Rasmussen would probably be only known to the more specialist record buyers (and several of them not known at all if it weren’t for Bear Family releases!).  There’s a couple of curiosities in the Texas collection: Say Pardner by Cowboys And Indians (an outfit no one seems to know anything about, apart from the fact this record was played on AFN in an age long ago) and  the non-country sounding group The Offenders (Can’t Get The Hell Out Of Texas) which actually comprised Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Jimmy Day and David Zettner.

These very entertaining, highly listenable CDs are accompanied by full colour booklets in which Hank Davis throws a non-too scholarly look at the history of the respective state and the music, along with a photo gallery of all the artists (apart from the enigmatic Cowboys & Indians. Any clues, anyone?).

Greetings From ... CD-Album-Series by Bear Family  

Music about the US Staates re-released on CDs by Bear Family

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/bear-family/country-series/greetings-from/
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