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Aloha oe

COVERED BY ELVIS

Aloha Oe


recording date elvis: Tuesday 21 march 1961
first release: on audio album blue hawaii ( october,1961 )



originally by: unknown

year: 1898
originally written by: Queen Liliuo Kalani;Wilmott
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Aloha Oe means "Farewell to thee" or "Until we meet again." Princess Kamekeha Liliuokalani composed Aloha Oe in 1878. Reports that she wrote the number whilst in exile are not true. She was Queen of Hawaii from 1891 until 1893.
Unlikely though it may seem, and according to the book, "From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music," the first recording of "Aloha Oe" was already made in 1898 on Berliner cylinder 515. Details of the performer are not given, only "Orchestra" being indicated."
Other than this, what were probably the first recordings of Hawaiian music were listed as two brown wax cylinders in a 1901 Columbia Records catalogue. Cylinder number 30200 was a recording of "Aloha Oe" (cylinder 30201 was "Kuu Pua i Paoakalani"). The labels of these cylinders indicated only "Vocal Solos in Hawaiian" and neither on the labels nor in the catalogue was any further information given regarding the performer(s).
The Ellis Brothers Glee Club Quartet recorded "Aloha Oe" in July 1904 and that recording was released on a 10" single-sided disc, number Victor 15052, matrix number ZO 1189. That same month, a further recording of "Aloha Oe" was made by a group listed as the Quartette of Hawaiian Girls from Kawaiho Seminary. The matrix number, ZO 1174, suggests that this was made before the Ellis Brothers recording. The number was issued as a 10" single-faced Hawaiian Victor 15038 single. The Quartette of Hawaiian Girls from Kawaiho Seminary is called Hawaiian Girls from Kawaiho Seminary Quartet on later Victor recordings. "Kawaiho" is either a mis-spelling, or an earlier form of Kawaiahao. The Kawaiahao Seminary was founded in 1846 and was "primarily intended for the education of Hawaiian young women and girls" (from "A Polynesian-Norwegian Metisse" by Vernon L. Kellogg). It was merged with several other boarding and mission schools in 1910 to form the Mid-Pacific Institute of Honolulu.


Aloha Oe
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Aloha Oe
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Elvis Presley

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