I love this song! It´s schmaltzy and it is a little irritating when they sing about “das schöne Hula-Mädchen mit dem rabenschwarzen Haar” (the pretty hula girl with the pitch black hair), but compared to the majority of German Hawaiian music, this doesn´t sound so damn German. Because it isn´t. The Dutch duo Goldy and Peter de Vries, backed by the Horst Wende Trio, recorded in the ruins of Hamburg.
This is a 78rpm record that I bought two weeks ago in a local Berlin thrift store for 50 cents….
Peter de Vries is mentioned in this 1951 article about some Kids in cowboy gear posing in the ruins near the Cologne Cathedral. Apparently he was quite famous for his cowboy songs in the early 50s.
Indianer gingen – Cowboys blieben.
Geschäfte für Scherzartkel, die früher an kleine Kunden Indianer-Kopfschmuck verkauften, verdanken heute dem Cowboy-Darsteller William Boyd, der als “Hopalong Cassidy” in zahlreichen Filmen die Kinder in aller Welt begeistert, ungeahnten Umsatz. In Deutschland half der Schlagersänger Peter de Vries, die Cowboys und ihre Lieder populär zu machen. (Neue Illustrierte, Köln 1951)
A very thin flexible disc with a nice Calypso song advertising for Nescafé sung in German with a thick Dutch accent. Max Woiski sr. (1911-1981) was born in Suriname, in the Dutch Colonies north of Brasil and had a long career in Holland. He started playing Latin-American music in Amsterdam in the 30´s and even opened up his own club La Cubana.
I bet Stefan has a sleeve for this one too…
Stefan also sent this sleeve for another Max Woiski record on a Dutch label. Haven´t heard it but it looks very promising.
My own copy is not in a perfect shape and I only paid 50 cents in a thrift store a couple of weeks ago, but I think that`s a little closer to what this record should cost. I mean come on: a song about little green men singing: Bong-Bong-A-Beng-Beng-A-Bing-Bing-A-Bang-A-Bang-A-Bung-Bung-A-Boing…
Great silly music but still primarily SILLY!!! This is silly like crazy! This is music to destroy brain cells with! Music to terrorize your girlfriend/boyfriend with! Well you decide, if that`s worth 51 Euros…
Rudi Wairata played steel guitar with the famous Kilima Hawaiians on this one. They had a hit with “Es hängt ein Pferdehalfter an der Wand” in Germany in 1953.
These two songs are the most rockin` ones of this batch. Not from Germany but published on the small German independent label 777 from Rheinhausen.
This is Rudi Wairata with his own group. Slightly less rockin`than “Kilima Rag” but still in a league of it`s own compared to most of the other European Hawaiian groups.
Just a short post this week because I was occupied with a new blog I`ve been doing. It`s a little esoteric in nature but so is this blog, so if you are a bit open minded you might want to check out Berlin DIY HC Punk.
On to the music. When I bought this record I didn`t know what it was and when I listened to it at home the Twinkle Stars` kind of soul music sounded really cool but still made me curious. This was not the usual “Northern-Soul” sound.
After a little investigation it turns out Oscar Harris is from Suriname, South America. Oscar Harris was born in Suriname in 1943 and came to Holland when he was 20 years old. He had a long career in Holland and still performs today.
Either way, some nice soul music from Holland via Suriname from Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars!