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Sol Hoopii

The most celebrated steel guitarist of the Hawaiian golden age was undoubtedly Sol Hoopii, who first came to the mainland as a stowaway in 1919. I believe he is the only performer to appear on every Hawaiian slide compilation, where liner notes typically describe him with a single word -- "hot." Most of his 78s (over 200!!) were recorded in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed great popularity in such clubs as the Hula Hutt and Seven Seas. He appeared in many movies, toured the country advancing his highly rhythmic slide techniques, and left his stamp on an entire generation of lap steel and pedal steel guitarists in the emerging country & western style. ~ Myles Boisen, Rovi
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Hoopii marvel. Comparable to Django Reinhardt. But without the melancholy. It's true, the singing mastery also attained by others, including Kalama's and Sam Alama.
And the falsetto yodeling, if you like it, good as Eddy and McDonald, singing brakeman Jimmy Rodgers, who also had a sway, most notably on Carolina Sunshine Girl.
Hoopii virtuosity used in Hollywood films like Topper, and ranks with the great Anton Karas' zither soundtrack for The Third Man..
Anyone who loves Sol should check out the Sweet Hollywaiians . They are a contemporary Japanese band that plays 20s and 30s hawaiian musc with absolute sincerity. The album Hula Girl is superbly hot!
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Nothing written? This is the guy who brought steel guitar from the saccharine waltzes of Hawaii's earliest recordings to the hot and aggressive centerpiece it was meant to BE. Jimmy Rogers borrowed it and it hasn't left country since. Bob Dunn, Cliff Carlisle, Leon McAulife all happily or grudgingly pay respect- depending on their own egos at the time. Hoopii's the 1,000 mile bridge btwn. Frank Ferara and Speedy West! I'd love to hear some of the stuff from after he dedicated his music to god.
what no BIO?, THIS GUY JAMS! shredding Hawaian

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