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ALOHA OE

(Latest update on 12/08/2014)

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(Lidia Liliuokalani/Heinrich Berger)
(o):Ellis Brothers Glee Club Quartet (1904)label: Victor
 A Quartette of Hawaiian Girls from Kawaiko Seminary recorded it the same day, also for Victor. First performed in San Francisco by The Royal Hawaiian Band in 1883. Hawaiian folksong with lyrics written in 1878 by their crown princess in exile. Means: Until We Meet Again. Lidia Kamekeha Liliuokalani became queen of Hawaii between 1891 and 1893. The melody may have been derived from Croatian folk song (Subotika region) Sedi Mara Na Kamen Studencu (Girl On The Rock), in 1857 published in Philadelphia by Charles Crozat Converse as The Rock Beside The Sea. Go-between was Captain Heinrich Berger, a Prussian military bandmaster who knew the tune from popular 19th century Austrian song Die Träne (The Tear), adapted from same former Yugoslavian source. In 1872 Captain Berger was summoned by Prince Kalakaua, the (future) king of Hawaii, to come and set up a local music program and to lead the Royal Hawaiian Band. Berger stayed in Hawaii for the rest of his life, also composing what became the local national hymn Hawaii Ponoï, based on Prussian hymn Heil Dir im Siegerkranz and inspired by God Save The King/Queen. He conducted some 32.000 concerts and became close with queen Liliuokalani, who dubbed him "The father of Hawaiian Music". Aloha Oe was first introduced in America in 1883 by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Heinrich (Henry) Berger conducting.
(c):Royal Hawaiian Troubadours (1905) [for ARC], Herbert Clark & Sousa's Band (1911) , Hilo Hawaiians (1913) [Arthur Pryor Band], Toots Paka Hawaiians (1913) [on Brunswick], Alma Gluck, Harry MacDonough & Orpheus Quartet (1917) [as Farewell To Thee on Berliner disc], Pooney's Hawaiian Sextette (1922) , Frank Ferera (1924) [top 10 US], Kalama's Quartet (1928) , Bing Crosby (1936) , Harry Owens (1938) , Les Paul Trio (1944) , Marty Robbins (1954) , Elvis Presley (1961) [on lp Blue Hawaii], Burl Ives (1961) , Freddy Quinn (1962) [as Alo Ahe], Zvonko Bogdan (1973) [as Sedi Mara Na Kamen Studencu], Willy Alberti & Johnny Jordaan (1975) [as Vaarwel Wals], Goombay Dance Band (1980) , André Van Duin (1984) [as Hallo Hallee], Johnny Cash (2003) [final track on American VI],
 
In former Yugoslavia, Sedi Mara Na Kamen Studencu circulates on record by Narodni Orkestar, Zivka Djuric and Mile Bogdanovic.
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