Andy Iona !
Fed up of Winter ? (and recovery ?)
A member of the Royal Hawaiian steel guitar Hall Of Fame And Museum, Andy Iona was one of Hawaii's most influential musicians.
Material here is from his Islanders' first session with Columbia in 1934.
He may not have invented Hawaiian music, but he certainly played a major role in perfecting the musical style that most people recognise and love as Hawaiian.
His saxophone, clarinet and arranging skills alone would have pushed him to the top of the musical tree, but combined with his mastery of the ukulele, rhythm and steel guitar, they made him a creative force to be reckoned with.
He scored much of the music for the MGM movie 'Honolulu'and contributed to the soundtracks of Universal's 'Rhythm Of The Islands'.
By the way, I’m still looking for the 2 tracks that Louis Armstrong recorded in 1937 with Andy Iona, if someone could help…
Andy Iona And His Islanders - Tahu-Wahu-Wai
Andy Iona And His Islanders - Maui Girl
Andy Iona And His Islanders - My Tane
FRIDAY BONUS !
See you next week !