Monday, June 18, 2007

Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders !

Ah, sorry for the lack of posts, I have been quite busy lately.
Ok, that was very interesting.

Felix Mendelssohn (no, not him) had one of Britain's most popular bands in the 30s and 40s.
In the late 30's he became enamored with Hawaiian music and transformed the band into a Hawaiian style group complete with Hawaiian costumes and dancers and played music in Hawaiian style - often using genuine Hawaiian performers alongside British musicians.
They were heard regularly on the radio, seen on early TV work, and made a long and fascinating series of records between 1939 and 1951.
Felix Mendelssohn died, aged only 40, of Hodgkins’ Disease in Charing Cross Hospital on 4th February 1952.
Ouah Ouah Ouah.

Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders:
* Hawaiian War Chant *
* My Little Grass Shack *
* Strange Enchantment *

In memory of my tahitian bro, Mana Chenu


Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:14 PM  
Blogger jon said...

Wild stuff rev! I know nothing about Hawaiian music, fake or otherwise. I must explore!
cheers, Jon

4:19 PM  
Anonymous james said...


5:14 PM  
Anonymous Raphael said...

Alors Reverend, tu sors un 45 tours finalement ?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks !
Jon, it's a fantastic world I'm tellin' ya (but you have to wear some hawaiian shirts though).
Ami Raphaël, je crois que je vais attendre de mourir, comme ça on pourra sortir une anthologie ^_^

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have the 78 rpm record at home. from columbia records code FB3163.
just fyi... cant play it though dont have a record player...side a = Blue Sky and side b = santa lucia

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Neil said...

The guitar player for this band was sammy mitchell, my grandas cousin. I'm trying to research them. Do you have any more info? Or any idea where I could get copts of their songs?

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

In the late 1940s our parents took my brother and me to see Felix Mendelssohn when we were on holiday in Minehead. There were two young ladies on stage in grass skirts swaying in a way that did not even stir two adolescent boys but the police rushed in and stopped the show, refusing to let it continue until the young ladies were removed.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Aunty Ruth said...

just passing by looking at anything to do with FW - u may be intereste to hear my late mum was a dancer and euk' player with the Serenaders at the age of 16! she was beautiful, petite with long black wavy hair and dark skin! she cud have been the real mcoy! she died in 1983 but still had a 16inch waist and cud hula with the best of 'em!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi My Mum was in this band and married sammy mitchell she had 4 sons to him (my half brothers) sadly two of them have now passed away as has mum. Would love to find out more rev thanks for post.

3:10 PM  
Blogger anomia said...

any chance of a repost would love to have some of this... or the whole thing!!!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Leigh Richardson said...

Please could the people who posted about their links to Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders please get in touch with me as i'm currrently researching for a book on his band the music & members many thanks - Mr. Leigh Richardson - email -

8:23 PM  

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