Music Lover: Miehana
LOS ANGELES, CA US
-- June, 20, 2006
"The Soft Island Breeze Brings You Strange Melodies!" Warren Barker's percussive arrangements were a delicious part of Warner Brothers' TV program "Hawaiian Eye". In addition to the unforgettable (even if you really try) theme song by Jerry Livingston and Mack David, the four main characters of the show were each given a musical theme to underscore their scenes (all included on this recording). A favorite part of most episodes was Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens) performing a classic Warner tune onstage in the Shell Bar, the tropical watering hole at the Hawaiian Village Hotel where the detectives hung out. Ms. Steven's "Let's Do It" is the "ginchiest" (as Kookie would say) and even handsome Bob Conrad, best known for tough-guy James West on "The Wild, Wild West" series, manages a charming vocal on "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me." Master ukulele player Poncie Ponce is also heard here as Kim the cab driver strumming a happy rendition of "When My Dreamboat Comes Home." Instrumental stand-outs include the dizzying "Rhumba Rhapsody", jazzy "Cricket's Corner" and a hypnotic treatment of "Deep Night". This is a bright, bouncy album with a sparkling tropical flavor...and is thoroughly entertaining.
"Hawaiian Eye", broadcast from 1959 to 1963, was filmed in black & white which makes the vibrant color phototograph of the cast on the cover all the more wonderful.