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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge June 5, 2019

On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we once again enjoyed a Jumangical jaunt into the world of 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. “Hilo E,” attributed to Mary Heanu, is a place song tribute to the east side of The Big Island, especially Waiakea and Pana’ewa. It was recorded by Johnny Noble & His Hawaiians in 1930, including Joe Guerro on Ukulele and Sol K. Bright on Vocal & Guitar, and is deftly derived from the historical document: With My Little Ukulele in My Hand.

  2. “Papalina Lahilahi (Dainty Cheeks),” attributed to Alice Johnson, was sung and played on Ukulele by Genoa Keawe and is pliantly pulled from the aging anthology: Tower Records Presents Hawaii’s Favorites. The song is part of the Hawaiian musical tradition called kaona, in which hidden meanings are conveyed through imagery, in this case expressing longing and the desire for love-making.

  3. “Kuulei Nau Ia (My Beloved One),” was composed by Eddie Kamae, who appears here on Ukulele and Vocal on the ample album: Eddie Kamae & The Sons of Hawaii – Yesterday & Today, which was recorded with his fellow Hawaiian musicians Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, Moe Keale, Joe Marshall, David “Feet” Rogers, Paul Kim, Ocean Kawowili, Mike Kaawa and Analu Aina.

  4. “Moani Ke Ala Ona Pua Makahikina,” was written in 1944 and sung in 1962 by Lena Machado and is featured on her righteous retrospective bearing the honoring appellation bestowed on her: Hawaiian Song Bird, supported by arranger Bennie Saks (Sakimaki) on Piano, Billy Hew Len on Steel Guitar and Cy Ludington on Acoustic Guitar. The song, said to combine techniques of chant and mele was written in honor of the instructor of the traditional Hawaiian hula, Sally Wood Naluai.

  5. “Ticklin' the Strings” was recorded by the Meno Moeria Minstrels in 1955 and spotlights the talents of the Indonesian steel guitar player Rudy Wairata, and comes from the comely compilation: Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics – Historic Recordings.

  6. “Hawaiian Spirits Live Again” comes from The Brothers Cazimero’s 1982 visionary recording: Hawaiian Hula Eyes, featuring the composer, Jon Osorio & The Gentlemen of Na Kamalei, joining Robert Cazimero on Bass and Vocals and Roland Cazimero on 12-String Guitar and Vocals.

  7. “Leaning on a Lampost,” the 1937 song by Noel Gay, was a classic hit for the British comedian and popularizer of the Ukulele George Formby, and was assayed decades later by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on their 2004 capacious compact disc: The Secret of Life.

  8. “The Moon of Manakoora,” which was composed by Frank Loesser and Alfred Newman for the 1937 Dorothy Lamour movie: The Hurricane, was interpolated in 1961 by Lenny & the Thundertones and is freshly found on the tritonic collection: Technicolor Paradise – Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights.

  9. “Whispering,” written by David Rose, was waxed in 1956 by Henri Rene & His Orchestra and is delectably derived from the academical album: The History of Space Age Pop, Vol. 1: Melodies and Mischief.

  10. “Which Doctor” was composed and performed by Les Baxter and his Orchestra for his 1963 lavish LP: The Soul of Drums.

  11. House of Bamboo,” composed by Leigh Harline, for the 1955 movie of the same name directed by Sam Fuller about a casino constructed of bamboo. This 1958 version was vocalized by Andy Williams and was plucked with chopsticks from the anthemic anthology: Sven A. Kirsten Presents: The Sound of Tiki.

  12. “Street Scene” was written by Alfred Newman for the 1931 movie of the same name and laid down by the Mexican music master Juan Garcia Esquivel, who also appears on Piano, on his 1962 expansive expression titled: More of Other Sounds, Other Worlds.

  13. “Eden's Cove” was written and sung by the original Nature Boy himself, the proto-hippy Eden Ahbez for his 1960 louche LP: Eden’s Island, arranged by former Stan Kenton Pianist Paul More with Emil Richards on Vibes; Jimmy Bond on Bass, and Earl Palmer and Frank Capp on Drums and Percussion.

  14. “Tahitian Sunset” was pluperfectly pulled from the fond look back: The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny.

  15. “Black Orchid,” the classic composition by Jazz Vibes Master Cal Tjader was rendered by Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica on their scintillacious CD: Where Here Meets There, featuring Brian O’Neill (Mr. Ho), Band Leader and on Vibes, Geni Skendo on Bass and C-Flute; Jason Davis on Bass; Shane Shanahan on Drums and Percussion, and Tev Stevig on Oud.

  16. “Madagascar,” was performed as a solo effort by Jim Thomas, lead guitarist of The Mermen, on his individually actualized album: Blues of Elsewhere.

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