"Antique Aloha: Hawaiian Music of the Golden Age" - A 78 RPM record presentation

During "The Hawaiian Craze" from 1915 to 1925 more Hawaiian records were sold than any other genre of music! As a result there are some important firsts that happened in the Hawaiian music genre that were also firsts in the history of recorded music. Join avid 78RPM record collector and professional musician Christo Ruppenthal for a vintage record listening session. Christo will add historical context and significance to the 78 RPM records you will hear. They will be played on original circa 1910 Victor Monarch IV and 1913 Victor III horned phonographs, and a vintage portable tube powered record player. Step back into this "Golden Age of Hawaiian Music" for some Antique Aloha!

Antique Aloha 78 Workshop for HSGA (Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association) 2021 Virtual Steel Guitar Festival

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Antique Aloha: Hawaiian Music of the Golden Age - A new CD inspired by old recordings

Antique Aloha

Christo Ruppenthal

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Antique Aloha is a series of recordings inspired by some of my favorite Hawaiian 78 RPM records from the Golden Age of Hawaiian Music. I play all the instruments including steel guitar, ukuleles, guitar, and baritone guitar.

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    Don't Sing Aloha When I Go

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    Nā Lei O Hawaiʻi

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    Hot Tamale Molly

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    Keep Your Eyes On The Hands

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    Palakiko Blues

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    Beautiful Ohio

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    Honolulu Sweetheart of Mine

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Vintage Hawaiian 78 RPM Record Blog

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"Sophisticated Hula / My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii"
The Happy Valley Boys 

Jerry Byrd's first recording session! 

Jerry Byrd (as Gerry Byrd) - Steel Guitar 
Ernie Cornelison - Guitar 
Recorded 10/09/1940 
Atlanta Georgia 
Bluebird B-8776  

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share steel guitarist Jerry Byrd’s fist ever recorded solos. The Happy Valley Boys was a county duo comprised of Jerry Byrd (then Gerry) and guitarist / singer Ernie Cornelison. They recorded and released 4 78RPM singles for the Bluebird label in late 1940. These sides were also issued on the Montgomery Ward label in the following months. Six of the eight recordings were originals and county music covers featuring vocals by Ernie. But this very special disk has Jerry shining on two classic instrumental Hawaiian Steel Guitar solos! 

Although I was able to track down one of the country disks relatively quickly after hearing of their existence it took a full six years to find Jerry’s Hawaiian steel guitar solo disk from this session! I am not currently aware of any CD to LP reissues of these tracks. I may be mistaken but I believe most of you will be hearing these lovely sides for the first time here. Enjoy the sounds of a very young Jerry Byrd!

The Royal Hawaiian Troubadours 
"Aole Wau E Paoina Iaoe"

The first Hawaiian music recording session ever!

Hear the sounds of the very first commercial recording session of a Hawaiian band! The Royal Hawaiian Troubadours perform “Aole Wau E Paoina Iaoe” on this 10.5 inch blue shellac American Record Company 78 from 1905. 

Perhaps more info has come to light on the details of these disks. However, currently its my understanding these very rare disks were recorded in New York City or at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair where the group appeared. They were released on American Record Company and Odeon Record Co. Identified performers are: Annie Hila, vs; James Kita, vt; Sam Kupanihi, vt; and Louie Thompson, vbar. I also understand that Segis Luvaun was involved with this troupe. 

This is only the third disk from this rare series I have been able to obtain through a hard fought trade with a friend. 

It’s a thrilling experience to listen so far back in history! I did a quick scrubbing of a sound transfer to bring a bit more music out of the hiss. I hope you enjoy some truly Antique Aloha!