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One of the earliest recordings by Ted Fio Rito and his orchestra reached number one on the charts in The scene was set by the Kona Historical Society:. Kealakekua Bay was the setting for the annual Fourth of July canoe races During the festivities, a new song written in honor of the occasion was sung for the first time in public. As unfamiliar lyrics rang out over the water, smiling hula dancers swished to and fro, laughing as they imitated swimming fishes and eating two-finger poi with their nimble fingers.
The crowd applauded their approval and demanded an encore performance. Cogswell, a Montana native working in Honolulu who in the s became managing director of the Hawaii Visitors Bureauwas accompanying visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii when he wrote the lyrics, a parody of a song, "Back in Hackensack, New Jersey ".
Harrison, who composed the music, showed the song to Hawaiian songwriter and band leader Johnny Noble, a leading figure in hapa haole music.
Noble had already heard the song but rejected it because of its similarity to "Hackensack" and because "everyone seemed to have claimed writing it. He faced two challenges: Revising the melody to avoid conflicts with "Hackensack" without altering Cogswell's words, as he was "inspired by the lyrics " and their "nostalgic appeal",  and crafting the song into a hit :.
He set to work revising the music, removing the phrases which to him seemed unoriginal, putting in the touches which It was not easy For days Johnny worked at the piano, playing phrases over and over, scribbling in notes and rests, and still he was not satisfied. There was something he wanted to do to it, but it would not come. And then, quite suddenly it did In naming "My My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii Grass Shack" one of the "50 Greatest Songs of Hawaii", as chosen by a panel of experts, Honolulu magazine singled out Noble's contribution: "This light-hearted ditty exemplifies composer and band-leader Johnny Noble's talent at creating hapa haole tunes tailor-made for tourists' tastes, but palatable for locals as well.
In "Notes on Hawaiian Music", Noble said, "The first two thousand copies sold locally went like hot cakes—the demand for the song was too great. I ordered another two thousand and they too were sold out within a few weeks. Noble sent the sheet music to bandleader Ted Fio Rito at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where he was regularly playing the Cocoanut Grove radio remote a nationwide broadcast of live big band ballroom concerts.
The big band arrangement featured guitarist Muzzy Marcellino Dixieland Stomp - Coleman Hawkins - The Complete Coleman Hawkins - Volume 2 (1941-1947) Low Flame the vocal chorus and The Debutantes, a vocal triosinging the verses.
The song was number one on the Billboard charts for fourteen weeks. Cogswell's songwriting credit is incorrectly attributed to Rebecca Roback on the label. It was written, recorded, and reached the top of the charts nearly two decades after the start of the hapa haole fadthe Hawaiian music craze, which began with the popularity of a Broadway musicalThe Bird My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii Paradiseand exploded in earnest at the Hawaiian Pavilion at San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition in The music craze helped promote tourism to Hawaii.
Though considered a fad inhapa haole remained popular for decades. Technological innovation in travelpop cultureand mass production helped sustain its popularity. The Exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canalwhich made tourist access to Hawaii easier and faster.
PanAm made access even easier and faster when air travel to Hawaii was inaugurated in Music was a significant element in Hawaiian culture, helping to attract visitors:. Colorful community events were staged, usually involving flowers and parades.
Entertainment flourished to keep the visitors occupied. Wonderfully wacky hapa haole music was performed to ukulele and steel guitar. The tourist hula show was born The [Hawaii Visitors] Bureau took part in many promotional activities over the years, but the most enduring and successful was launched in as the radio program, Hawaii Calls Listeners grew up with the sounds of Hawaii from that popular show and developed lifelong desires to see and hear the real thing.
Nearly a decade before Hawaii Callsfor example, Johnny Noble led a quartet of musicians to San Francisco to promote Hawaii on radio on behalf of the main shipping line to Hawaii, Matson Lines. The advent of mass production assembly lines contributed as well by increasing supplies and reducing prices of steel guitars and ukuleles.
Hawaiian music also became incredibly popular as a result. Ukes were mass-produced in the thousands — Harmony soldin alone. Written for a tourist event, it possessed enduring appeal to tourists. It was used in a number of films during the s, particularly musical shorts. It appeared in television shows through the s and s and even more recently. It remains a standard for ukulele, again a popular instrument.
McEvoya popular magazine writer and humorist in the s and s, wrote to the songwriters after hearing "My Little Grass Shack" on the radio. Without benefit of printed lyrics, he asked tongue-in-cheek about some of the Hawaiian place names and phrases in the song: "What does it mean? What are connies and weenies?
How do ka-chewbas sway? Where is the beach at Holdem Sow? How do homesick Highland boys get to this place, and is a Fishin' Foy any relation to the late Eddie? Two historic locations on the Big Island of Hawaii are mentioned in the title and lyrics. Kealakekuawhere the Fourth of July canoe races took place, is where English explorer James Cook was killed in The Hawaiian phrase in the line "I want to be with all the kanes and wahines that I used to know" means "ladies and gentlemen" literally "men and women".
The line, "Where the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa go swimming by," refers to the tiny reef triggerfish, Hawaii's state fish, by its long Hawaiian name.
Poi is a Hawaiian food staple made from taro root. Cico Buff - Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll "little grass shack" of the title did not refer to an actual location.
But the popularity of the song led to the opening of a gift shop in Kona called The Little Grass Shack. The song was so popular that soldiers stationed in Hawaii during World War II who were not allowed to write letters home instead sent photographs of themselves in front of the gift shop to let their families know where they were.
Ukulele arrangements are in G major. The main body of the song is built upon two common chord progressions not including fills. The first eight bars follow this progression, as do the last twelve bars the last four of those last twelve bars repeat the melody, lyrics, and chords of the F7-Bb resolution in the preceding four bars.
The second progression, which makes up the second set of eight bars, isD7 to G7 to C7 to F7, a form often heard in Gospel music. After the first sixteen bars, there are variations within each progression and in their order.
In this middle section, the first progression transitions directly into the second progression D7 without resolving to Bb. The second progression resolves back to Bb rather than finishing on F7 as we enter the last twelve bars and repeat the first progression.
Most recordings begin with an instrumental introduction built upon the primary eight-bar progression, or at least its last four bars, featuring the same melody that is later played behind the "Humuhumunukunukuapuaa" lyric. The original Noble sheet music differs. It starts with a four-bar instrumental introductionF to Bb, with the "Humuhumunukunukuapuaa" melody and then leads into an eight-bar vocal introduction with a unique melody that is not repeated My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii in the song, the lyrics setting up the theme of a homesick Hawaiian sailor yearning to return to Kona.
The full Noble introduction is rarely heard among available recordings. Big band versions present an instrumental version Θα Κλάψης Μια Μέρα - Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης, Μαρινέλλα - Καζαντζίδης-Μαρινέλλα the main verse before launching into the vocals, frequently following up with additional instrumental verses. Most versions in other genres that highlight vocalists launch straight into the vocals after a short introduction.
A partial list of notable artists who have recorded versions include:. In the first decade after the song was written, a time when Hollywood regularly produced shorts for theatrical exhibition, performances of the song were common. The second wave began in"My Little Grass Shack" becoming a My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii movie soundtrack song, particularly for films set in Hawaii.
On television, "My Little Grass Shack" was sometimes sung by a cast member as part of the story, sometimes accompanying My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii on ukulele, and sometimes was My Little Grass Shack - Pacific Serenaders - Hits Of Hawaii in variety shows. Russo and Art L. The opening lines of the chorus Stranger In Paradise - Dwayne Ford - Needless Freaking, "I wanna go back to a black little shack, back in Hackensack, New Jersey, I wanna see all the gals and pals that I used to know".
The chord structure is nearly identical, the melody slightly altered. Other verses in "Hackensack", with completely different chord structures and melodies, have no corollaries in "My Little Grass Shack". Two sequels were written to "Little Grass Shack" inJohnny Noble getting partial credit for both.
Owens did not want to add yet another "Little Grass Shack" number to the orchestra's songbook. Noble published it, giving himself co-writing credit.
The success of Kinney's recording convinced Owens to add it to the songbook under the shortened title "Little Brown Gal". Kinney joined the Orchestra that same year. The song became an oft-covered hapa haole classic that Lee Wood himself continued to perform a half century later.
In the last line of the verse, Yorgesson sings, "When the mackerel and the pickerel and the lutefisk go swimming by. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hapa Haole Big Band. Database of Popular Music. Retrieved October 10, Honolulu Magazine. Kona Historical Society. Radio Archives. Collateral Works. The World's Music Charts. Discography of American Historical Recordings.
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