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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge May 1, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we once again enjoyed a jumangical jaunt into pop and exotica music in all of its funicular forms.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

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  1. A medley of “Tangi Tika,” “Vana Vana” and “Pehepehe” performed by Nani Wolfgramm & His Islanders on their gladly gilded compact disc: 20 Golden Hits of Hawaii.

  2. “Mauna`olu (Pleasant Mountain)” comes from the righteous retrospective by Eddie Kamae & The Sons of Hawaii titled: Yesterday & Today, featuring Mr. Kamae’s canonical wife Myrna Kamae on Vocal.

  3. “Wabash Blues,” the 1921 song by Dave Ringle and Fred Meinken was performed in 1941 by Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders on their lunatic LP: Crazy Rhythm Hawaiian Swing.

  4. “Makee 'Ailana,” written by James K. I’i refers to Makee Island, a manmade island in the middle of Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, which is the site of a famous bandstand and is named for the Scottish Whaling Captain John Makee. This version is sung by Owana Salazar, accompanying herself on Slack Key Guitar, and is famously found on the aptly titled album: Wahine Slack ‘N Steel.

  5. “My Isle of Golden Dreams,” composed by Gus Kahn and Walter Blaufuss, was vocally rendered in 1951 by Dinah Shore supported by Henri Rene's Orchestra in a version favorably found on the historical document: Broadway’s Gone Hawaii.

  6. “Cricket's Corner” was written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David for the 1959-63 television series Hawaiian Eye, and was deeply drawn from the bulging box set: Jazz on Film…Crime Jazz!

  7. “Adieu Polynesia” comes from the apostolic album: Ritualis, produced by the Exotica composer and musician Truus, whose real name is Gertruda de Groot.

  8. “Boy From New York City” was written by John Taylor and George Davis for The Ad-Libs to record in 1965, performed for us in 1981 by The Manhattan Transfer and deftly drawn from their regulated retrospective: Anthology – Dream in Birdland.

  9. “All Through the Night” comes from the 1958 laudable LP: Benny Carter Plays Cole Porter’s Can-Can and Anything Goes, featuring Mr. Carter, the bandleader and arranger, on Alto Sax with Teddy Charles on Vibes, Hal Schaefer on Piano, John Drew on Bass and Gus Johnson on Drums.

  10. “I Remember You,” the song composed by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer for the 1942 movie: The Fleet’s In, was vocalized by Mavis Rivers on her 1962 lux LP: Mavis Meets Shorty, arranged and conducted by Chuck Sagle and including Shorty Rogers on Flugelhorn, Dick Grove on Piano and Red Callendar on Tuba, Al McKibbon on Bass, Larry Bunker on Bongos, and Alvin Stoller and Earl Palmer on Drums. Originally from Samoa, Ms. Rivers also is the mother of the Big Kahuna himself, Matt Catingub.

  11. “Blue Silhouette” written by Jack Val was drawn with swizzle sticks from the 1954 aromatic album: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland, backed by Sy Oliver's Orchestra.

  12. The Nat King Cole composition “Calypso Blues” is the title song of the 1965 Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Sextet recording featuring the Bebop pioneer drummer Kenny Clarke, who also was the arranger, and his partner in crime, the Belgian Pianist Francy Boland along with Jimmy Woode Jr. on Bass and Vocal, Sahib Shihab on Flute, Fats Sadi on Marimba and Joe Harris on Percussion.

  13. “Out of This World,” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1945 movie of the same name, sung by Nnenna Freelon and found on the exocet extravaganza: Voices of Concord Jazz – Live at Montreux, recorded in 2003 at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

  14. “Idol Worship” waxed by The Tikiyaki Orchestra on their devotional disc: Idol Worship and Other Primitive Pleasures, featuring Brian Kassan on Piano, Brian Atkinson on Vibes, Jim Bacchi on Organ, Jonpaul Balak on Bass, Nelson Bragg on Percussion and Pablo Baza on Drums.

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