donderdag 19 april 2018

Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) (1926) / Here Ends The Rainbow (1951) / Hawaiian Wedding Song (1958)


"Ke Kali Nei Au" was written by Charles E. King in 1925 for his operetta, Prince of Hawai'i, first performed at the Liberty Theatre in Honolulu, May 4, 1925.
It was written as a duet for baritone and soprano. It translates as "Waiting Here For Thee."
King's version was not a wedding song in the first place, but one of several tunes written for his 1925 Hawaiian-language opera The Prince of Hawaii, which toured the mainland United States with King in 1926.
Introduced by the Royal Hawaiian Band, this song featured a duet by John Paoakalani Heleluhe and Lizzie Alohikea.

Hawaiian Wedding Song - Wikipedia


"Ke Kali Nei Au" was first recorded in 1928 in Honolulu as a duet with Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu Sr. accompanied by the Don Barrientos Hawaiian Orchestra.

(o) Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu Sr. (1928)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded in Honolulu on May 22, 1928
Released on Columbia 1583-D



Columbia matrix W146670. Ke kali nei au / Helen D. Beamer ; Don Barrientos Hawaiian Orchestra ; Sam Kapu - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Hawaiian Music Collection

Listen to a sample here:

digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/music/Libraries/snips/H.Beamer&S.Kapu_KeKaliNeiAu.30Sec.mp3



(c) Kalama's Quartet (1929) (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded September 10, 1929 in New Yrork
Released on Okeh 41306



OKeh matrix W402941. Ke kali nei au / Kalama Quartette - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Hawaiian Music Collection

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Or to a sample here: Kalamas Quartet_Ke Kali Nei Au.30Sec.mp3



(c) Joseph Kanakau's Hawaiian Orchestra (1935)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded March 18, 1935 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Released on Victor 25035

Victor matrix BVE-89031. Ke kali nei au / Rosalie Flores ; Joseph Kamakau Hawaiian Orchestra ; Joseph Kamakau - Discography of American Historical Recordings



(c) Ray Kinney and his Hawaiians (1939)
Recorded January 1, 1939 in New York
Released on Decca 2349




Ray Kinney And His Hawaiians - Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) / Hualalai (Steamboat Hula) (Shellac) at Discogs

Listen to a sample here: Hawaiian Music Collection



(c) Hal Aloma and his Hawaiians (1944)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Featuring the composer of this song, Charles King, as narrator.
Recorded February 7, 1944 in New York
Released on Decca 23513 (as part of album # A-429)



78 RPM - Hal Aloma And His Hawaiians - Hawaiian Favourites - Decca - USA

Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) : Hal Aloma and his Hawaiians : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Listen here: https://ia601605.us.archive.org/24/items/78_ke-kali-nei-au-waiting-for-thee.mp3


In 1951 Johnny Burke wrote the lyrics for the first English cover-version of "Ke Kali Nei Au"

(c) Bing Crosby with Betty Mullin (1951) (as "Here Ends The Rainbow")
(English lyrics: Johnny Burke)
with Lyn Murray and his Orchestra
Recorded February 9. 1951 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 27595

A Bing Crosby Discography - part 1b - Commercial Recordings - The Decca Years

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(c) Alfred Apake and Patty Andrews (1952)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
With Danny Stewart and his Islanders
Recorded May 22, 1952 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 28296

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(c) King Sisters (1957) (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song (Here Ends The Rainbow")

Vinyl Album - The King Sisters - Aloha - Capitol - USA

The King Sisters - Aloha (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Despite the title this is sung in Hawaiian.

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In 1958 Al Hoffman and Dick Manning wrote new words for the song and as "Hawaiian Wedding Song".  This version was first recorded by the Mary Kaye Trio

(c) Mary Kaye Trio (1958)  (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song")
English lyrics by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning
Released October 1958 on Warner Bros 5015

45cat - Mary Kaye Trio - Mad Passionate Love / Hawaiian Wedding Song - Warner Bros. - USA - 5015

The Mary Kaye Trio - Hawaiian Wedding Song / Mad Passionate Love (Vinyl) at Discogs

Here's a 1962 version by the Mary Kaye Trio:





In the US, Andy Williams' version was released as a single in 1958 and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 27 on the R&B chart.

(c) Andy Williams (1958)  (as "Hawaiian wedding Song")
English lyrics by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning
Recorded November 1958
Released  on Cadence 1358.

45cat - Andy Williams - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) / The House Of Bamboo - Cadence - USA - 1358

Andy Williams - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) / The House Of Bamboo (Vinyl) at Discogs

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In 1961 Elvis Presley recorded the song for the movie "Blue Hawaii".

Elvis Presley: Original Version Recordings of Songs He Sang





In the UK, a single version by Julie Rogers went to number 31 on the UK Singles Chart in 1965.

(c) Julie Rogers (1965) (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song")

45cat - Julie Rogers - Hawaiian Wedding Song / Turn Around, Look At Me - Mercury - UK - MF 849

Julie Rogers - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Vinyl) at Discogs

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More versions here:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - KE KALI NEI AU

Cover versions of Ke Kali Nei Au written by Charles E. King | SecondHandSongs