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Blue hawaii

COVERED BY ELVIS

Blue Hawaii


recording date elvis: Wednesday 22 march 1961;studio
first release: on audio album blue hawaii ( october 1961 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: Lsp 2426

originally by: Jack Denny with vocal Sonny Schuyler


recording date: 2 february 1937
written by: Harry Owens;Leo Robin;Ralph Rainger
catalognumber: 105
label: master
comments: from the paramount picture waikiki wedding

Born: September 25, 1895
Died: September 15, 1950
Country: United States



Elvis's "Blue Hawaii" was, of course, the title track of one of his first films after leaving the army. The song originally became well known because of another film, "Waikiki Wedding," from 1937, starring Bing Crosby and Shirley Ross, but it was not Crosby who made the original recording. This honour probably goes to Jack Denny and His Orchestra, with vocals by Sonny Schuyler. Denny and his band recorded the number on 19 February 1937, several days before Crosby. It was released on Master 105.
Denny fronted numerous bands in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1931 he moved from Montreal, Canada, to New York City, and the following year started playing at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. He developed a "society" sound, using no brass section, but adding extra pianos and woodwinds. His sweet sound was eventually overtaken when Xavier Cugat's more raucous style was featured as an opening act.
Confusingly, towards the end of the 1920s, another number called "Blue Hawaii" was popular. However, this was a totally different song, both musically and lyrically, written by Baer, Caesar and Schuster.
(Marilyn Monroe fans might like to know that co-writer Leo Robin also wrote "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.")


Blue Hawaii
performed by: Jack Denny & Orchestra

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Blue Hawaii
performed by: Elvis Presley

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