1/20/2009 Dig Up The Roots

 

On inauguration day, we played Hawaiian Music to commemorate the roots of our new President. Most of the selections were recorded in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and feature the roots of what was to become the pedal steel and Dobro in country music, as well as the blues slide and bottleneck guitar that influenced other musical genres.

Interest in Hawaiian Music increased dramatically early in the 20th century as large audiences listened to touring Hawaiian troupes of musicians in vaudeville and in traveling tent shows. Most major fairs and expositions during this period featured a Hawaiian pavilion with the exotic sights and sounds of the ukulele, steel guitar, and plenty of hula dancers. In the 1920s, the C. F. Martin Guitar Company had to work overtime to keep up with the increased demand for ukuleles as popularity spread.

Included are a few segments of the radio program Hawaii Calls, which was broadcast live from Waikiki Beach and included the sound of surf waves in the background. The program was broadcast weekly (ca. 1935-1955), and aired in the U.S. on network radio, as well as on Armed Forces Radio around the globe. The program always opened with Webley Edwards as host announcing the air and water temperatures at Waikiki Beach.

Dick Himes

Playlist Tracks: 
King Nawahi’s Hawaiians - Hawaiian Capers
Album: : King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Four Hawaiian Guitars - Singin’ In The Bathtub
Album: : King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Georgia Jumpers - Ukulele Benny
Album: : King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
King Nawahi’s Hawaiians - May Day Is Lei Day In Hawaii
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Red Devils - Dinah
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra - Hula Love Medley March
Album: Vintage Hawaiian Music 1928-1934; Label: Rounder
Kanui Lula - My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
Unknown German Orchestra - The Road To Paradise
Album: Vintage Hawaiian Music 1928-1934; Label: Rounder
Oscar Woods - Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
Sol Hoopii - Lady Be Good
Album: Vintage Hawaiian Music 1928-1934; Label: Rounder
Rodney Rogers’ Red Peppers - Milenberg Joys
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
S. Cortez y sus Hawaiianos - Lirios
Album: Vintage Hawaiian Music 1928-1934; Label: Rounder
Eddy’s Hawaiian Serenaders - Down In Waaikiki
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
Walter Kolomoku - Medley Of Old-Time Waltzes
Album: Vintage Hawaiian Music 1928-1934; Label: Rounder
Hawaiian Beach Combers - Honolulu Bound
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Hawaii Calls Radio Show - (Various Segments)
Album: Memories Of Hawaii Calls; Label: CDHCS
Spike Jones His City Slickers - Hawaiian War Chant
Album: Strictly For Music Lovers; Label: Proper
Hawaiian Beach Combers - My Girl From The South Sea Isles
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
King Nawahi’s Hawaiians - Ticklin’ The Strings
Album: : King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Sol Hoopii - Hula Blues
Album: Sol Hoopii – Master Of The Hawaiian Guitar; Label: Rounder
Charles B. Smith - My Little A-1 Brownie
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Sol Hoopii - Chimes
Album: Sol Hoopii – Master Of The Hawaiian Guitar; Label: Rounder
Honolulu Players - Mindinao March
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
King Oliver His Orchestra - Everybody Does It In Hawaii
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
Hawaiian Beach Combers - I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Sylvester Weaver - Guitar Rag
Album: Slidin’ On The Frets – Hawaiian Guitar Phenomenon; Label: Yazoo
Hawaiian Beach Combers - Waikiki Blues
Album: King Bennie Nawahi – Hawaiian String Virtuoso; Label: Yazoo
Air Date: 
January 20, 2009