The success of Hawaiian music evolved from the postwar era when became very fashionable and reached over 600 bands with that music style. Incorporating instruments like guitar, ukulele and the steel guitar' (or acoustic guitars, such as lap steel). The Big Ben Hawaiian Band, from British roots, joined this fashion offering disks on which the most successful songs of those years were interpreted with Hawaiian style instrumentation.
Hawaiian Playground is a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaiian music. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colorful as the islands which inspired it.
The orchestral music of the 60s was portentously represented by the great composer, arranger and conductor Henry Mancini. In a years when it was common to attend the launch of discs with original or inspired Hawaiian music could not miss the contribution of Mancini to these repertoires. In 1966 he released this album that was later reissued as a CD in 2002, with a selection of songs among which were several of the usual with Hawaiian ambience complemented with other compositions taken from movies.
Japanese original release. First box set of Andy Williams includes seven original albums "Canadian Sunset," "To You Sweetheart, Aloha," "Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes," "Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests," "The Wonderful World of Andy Williams," "The Academy Award-Winning Call Me Irresponsible and Other Hit Songs from the Movies," and "The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits" plus a bonus disc with Japanese version(s) of songs, rare tracks, and more. Features remastering and cardboard sleeve faithfully replicating its US LP jacket design. Comes with lyrics and a description.
One of the most exciting and accomplished players in ki ho'alu (slack key) guitar gives a lesson for novices as well as advanced players in the slack key style. He teaches instrumentals encompassing both quiet, beautiful melodies and rip-roaring showstoppers with lightning-fast licks and fancy picking.
Ry Cooder has always believed in the "mutuality in music," and this may be no more evident in his career than with his fifth album, Chicken Skin Music (a Hawaiian colloquialism, synonymous with goosebumps). Even more than usual, Cooder refuses to recognize borders – geographical or musical – presenting "Stand By Me" as a gospel song with a norteño arrangement, or giving the Jim Reeves country-pop classic, "He'll Have to Go," a bolero rhythm, featuring the interplay of Flaco Jimenez's accordion and Pat Rizzo's alto sax. Elsewhere, he teams with a pair of Hawaiian greats – steel guitarist and singer Gabby Pahinui and slack key guitar master Atta Isaacs – on the Hank Snow hit "Yellow Roses" and the beautiful instrumental "Chloe." If Cooder's approach to the music is stylistically diverse, his choice of material certainly follows suit. Bookended by a couple of Leadbelly compositions, Chicken Skin Music sports a collection of songs ranging from the aforementioned tracks to the charming old minstrel/medicine show number "I Got Mine" and the syncopated R&B of "Smack Dab in the Middle".