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Sweet leilani

COVERED BY ELVIS

Leilani (wreath of heaven) - Sweet leilani


recording date elvis: 1960; Informal
first release:


originally by: Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Quartet

recording date: 6 october 1935
originally written by: Harry Owens
catalognumber: 55085
label: brunswick



Though best known for his "Hawaiian" music, Harry Owens was born in Nebraska. However, he became musical director of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, in 1934, where he mixed traditional instruments with those more commonly used by American dance bands. That same year he wrote "Sweet Leilani" for his daughter. The name Leilani is made up of two Hawaiian words, Lani, meaning heavenly, and lei, meaning a wreath or garland of flowers. Sol Ho'opi'i recorded the number on 6 October 1935, the recording being released on Brunswick 55085 with the title "Leilani (Wreath of Heaven)." Sol Ho'opi'i is considered to have been one of the greatest exponents of the Hawaiian guitar and was at least influential in the development of the electric guitar in the early 1940s.
"Sweet Leilani" became a big hit for Bing Crosby in 1937, when he sang it in the film "Waikiki Wedding," earning an Academy Award for Song of the Year and giving Crosby his first gold record.
Elvis's version is a home recording, never intended for release.


Leilani ( wreath of heaven )
performed by:
Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Quartette



Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
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Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
I dreamed of paradise for two.
You are my paradise completed.
You are my dream come true.

Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
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Sweet Leilani, Heavenly flower
I dreamed of paradise for two.
You are my paradise completed.
You are my dream come true.



Sweet Leilani
performed by:
Elvis Presley



Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
Nature fashioned roses kissed with dew
And then she placed them in a bower
It was the start of you.

Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
I dreamed of paradise for two.
You are my paradise completed.
You are my dream come true.

Sweet Leilani, Heavenly Flower
Nature fashioned roses kissed with dew
And then she placed them in a bower
It was the start of you.

Sweet Leilani, Heavenly flower
I dreamed of paradise for two.
You are my paradise completed.
You are my dream come true.







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