The Crescendo Record Company was founded in Hollywood in 1954 by Gene Norman.
He actually changed his name from Eugene Abraham Nabatoff to Gene Norman.
The label later became known as GNP Crescendo, which stands for Gene Norman Presents.
The inspiration for the label came from Gene’s successful nightclub on the Sunset Strip named, the Crescendo. Beginning with live recordings at the club and evolving into studio recordings, the independent label’s releases eventually numbered in the hundreds.
Happily, they made studio recordings of some of the talented Hawaiian artists working in Hollywood in the 1950s. The recordings are state of the art for the period, and are exceptional.
Crescendo Records recorded Hawaiian artists in 1959
We’ll share those recordings from 1959 with you.
This week's playlist:
1- E Naughty Mai Nei – Mel Peterson
2- Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai – Andy Cummings
3- Hapa Haole Hula Girl – Andy Cummings
4- Hawaiian Hospitality – Ray Kinney
5- Maui Girl – Ernest Tavares w/ Trio
6- To Make You Love Me Ku’uipo – Bernie Ka’ai w/ Trio
7- Hanohano Hanalei – Ernest Tavares & Trio
8- He Ono La – Bernie Ka’ai & Trio
9- Pau Pilikia – Bernie Ka’ai & Trio
10- Pupu O Ni’ihau – Val Akina & Trio
11- Hui Mawaho O Ka Wa’a – Ernest & Freddie Tavares w/ Bernie Ka’ai
Length: 52:49 Released on: 08-30-2019 Artist/Compiled by: Various Artists