SOL HOOPII (SOLOMON HO’OPI’I KA’AI’AI) -born 1902 in Honolulu, the first of 21 children, a musical genius at the age of 3. His musical idols were Joseph Kekuku, Pale K. Lua and David Ka’ili. He played his first professional engagements in San Francisco at age 17. He traveled there with two friends as stowaways on a ship. Passengers enjoyed his music so much that they paid their fares. Dubbed the “King of Steel Guitar” and the “Fritz Kreisler of the Steel Guitar” (Fritz Kreisler being the top Violinist of the day). Recorded with Lani McIntire and Glenwood Leslie as “Sol Hoopii and the Novelty Trio”. Taken to Hollywood by Hoot Gibson in the early 1920’s to play in a country music band. Played first an acoustic Martin (with very flamboyant style), then a black bakelite Rickenbacker electric. He might have been the first to play an electric steel guitar before an audience as he played the Fry Pan prototype at a fund raising party to begin production of the instrument. Was in great demand in Hollywood as musician, actor and technical director. His music was featured in the 1932 release of “Bird of Paradise”, “Flirtation Walk” released in 1934, “Waikiki Wedding” with Bing Crosby released in 1937, the “Hawaiian Buckaroo” released in 1938, “Navy Blues” released in 1941, and “Song of the Islands” with Betty Grable and Victor Mature” released in 1942. Known as the “Hollywood Hawaiian”, when Mary Pickford had to play a scene requiring her to cry, she would insist on Sol’s steel guitar playing to give her the proper emotion. Sol also played on radio and in night clubs in the Los Angeles area. Sol’s extensive recordings were popular around the world and inspired many to play the steel guitar. He was the trend setter that no one could equal. His complex style was the most sophisticated in Hawaiian music. He had influence on country music and was copied by steel guitarists all over the world. In later life, he dedicated himself to gospel music and evangelism after hearing a 12 year old girl preach her first sermon entitled “Be Ready” at Aimee Semple MacPherson’s Angelus Temple in Los Angeles around 1938. He later wrote a sacred song of the same title. He suffered blindness due to his diabetes near the end of his life, but continued to perform and compose religious songs. His last public performance was at Bud Tutmarc’s “Monday Musical” show in Seattle, September 28, 1953. He died November, 1953 in Seattle at the age of 51 due to kidney failure and was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles. He was named to the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1979.
From A to U
1-Alekoki 2-All I Want Is Your Love 3-An Orange Grove in California 4-Breeze 5-Chimes 6-Don’t Stop Loving Me 7-Farewell Blues 8-Fascinating Rhythm 9-Feelin’ No Pain 10-Flower Lei 11-Hawaii Nei 12-Hawaiian Honeymoon 13-Hawaiian Hula Song 14-Heeia 15-Hilo 16-Honolulu Hula Hula Heighs 17-Honolulu March 18-Hula Blues 19-Hula Breeze 20-Hula Girl
1-I Ain’t Got Nobody 2-I Like You 3-Indiana March 4-Iniki Maile 5-Kaala 6-Kilohana 7-King Kamehameha 8-Kohala March 9-Kolo Pa 10-Lady Be Good 11-Lehua 12-Lei Ohu 13-My Hawaiian Queen 14-My Isle On Hilo Bay 15-My Little Grass Shack 16-Na Alii 17-Na Malokama
1-Palisa 2-Palolo 3-Patches 4-Pidgin English Hula 5-Radio Blues 6-Singing the Blues 7-St. Louis Blues 8-Stack O’lee Blues 9-Sweet Lei Lehua 10-Ten Tiny Toes 11-The Lei Vendor 12-There’s Nothing Else To Do 13-Tin Roof Blues 14-To You Sweetheart 15-Tomi Tomi 16-Twelfth Street Rag 17-Uheuhene
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