Monday, August 27, 2007
Hei and Aloha!
Here's a recently-found curiosity...a pleasant-sounding Hawaiian side, found in Columbia's Finnish series. According to http://www.yle.fi/aanilevysto/firs/C16000.htm , a rather comprehensive page dealing with Finnish-American recordings, it dates from 1928. I wonder if the composer, Leo S. Roberts, is the same person who wrote Ching Chong in the 1910s.
109995-1 Hawaijan Yö, Valssi Stein-Ostman Orketeri Columbia 3099-F
NYC, 22 or 23 November 1928: Unknown personnel.
I found it particularly interesting that there were little accents played on a vibraphone...fairly early use for that instrument.
The flip side is also rather pleasant, written by Arthur A. Penn (composer of Smilin' Through). To me it sounds like a cross between one of Leroy Shields's melodies for the Hal Roach comedies and maybe a Puccini aria, but translated into Finnish. The vocalist is uncredited.
109997-1 Stein-Ostman Orketeri Ja Laulaja: Aamuinen Koi! Columbia 3099-F
Same as before. http://www.box.net/shared/lkekjqmkn1
According to the same website, they also recorded these at the same session:
109996-2 Honolulun kuutamo, valssi (Fred Lawrence)
...so there's another Finnish-Hawaiian hybid 78 out there.