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A Nice Hawaiian Punch of Songs

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Watch the episode in glorious video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMV9ciAYePY

Hawaii has produced some great music unique to the islands with wonderful instruments like the ukulele, slack-key guitar, and the iconic electric lap steel guitar. Unfortunately this week’s episode doesn’t include any of that—instead, as usual, we veer toward the cheesy, blue-tinted Hollywood version of the music of the 50th state. With that in mind, here’s Elvis Presley with “Hawaiian Wedding Song”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PldpnJwKT8s&feature=fvwrel

If we could play in any band in the world, it would have to be Dr. Teeth and the Mayhem. With Animal on drums they take a swing at “Hawaiian War Chant”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTU7nahUw20

The great Hawaiian bandleader Don Ho was best known for this easy-listening classic “Tiny Bubbles”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlCiDEXuxxA

This is the first song we thought of when “Hawaii” appeared on the Roulette Wheel. The Ventures recorded it for the TV show Hawaii Five-0, and it reached #4 on the Billboard Pop charts. It has a guaranteed long life as a marching band standard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHNYhACV0OM

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).