- Baroque (1600-1750)
- Broadway shows
- Popular music of the early '50's
- Post World War II Japanese music with a Hawaii connection
There were a few recordings out there, locked up in the obsolete technology of 78 rpm records. “There were records in the basement of Uncle Harry’s house,” says Alan Yoshioka, co-owner of Harry’s Music, the legendary music store founded by his uncle, who was also a leader of the wildly popular Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra. The records eventually found their way to producer Michael Cord, who secured licensing rights to the Shochiku recordings as well as the records of Club Nisei, another popular group. Cord digitally remastered the recordings and, from 2000 to 2003, released four CDs under the Hana Ola label: Club Nisei, Club Nisei Encore!, Paradise Honolulu: Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra and Honor Bound: Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra.
The middle person in the front row with the hat is Chiyoko Ida Aoyagi, who is the the singer on the left in the Honor Bound album above, while Doris Taketa Kimura on the right next to the hat is the performer to the right when young.
Haven't gotten around to selecting my ten favorite songs of this period, but one certainly would be Kokoni Sachi Ari, or Here Is Happiness, for it was made popular in Hawaii by Teddy Chinen, one of my McKinley High School classmates, who became Teddy Tanaka. Here are Akemi and Rene Paulo recently performing this song. The original.
Four years ago I reported on this song while I was traveling through Japan. I noticed now that all the links of the song to You Tube have been deleted because of copyright infringements. According to Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi:
One of the eight kinds of suffering in Buddhist teaching is: "separation from a loved one." The sentiment of this suffering was expressed in a Japanese popular song, "Wakare no Isochidori (Departure of Beach Plovers)." The song is about separation from a loved one in Hawaii. A line from the song is "Although I know the meeting is the beginning of the separation, the memory remains cherished in my heart..."
[For those interested in this genre, go to Amazon's Hawaii Nisei Songs. Scrolling through the entire list, you'll find some gems you didn't know even existed.]