Sol Hoopii (1902-1953)
You may listen to Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio's rendition of "Singing The Blues" in RealAudio by clicking here
The trio also recorded a cover version of New Orleans Rhythm Kings' "Farewell Blues" which is considered one of the more interesting string band recordings of the 1920s. Listen to Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio's rendition of "Farewell Blues" in RealAudio by clicking here
Around 1935 Sol Hoopii switched his acoustic steel guitar to electric lap steel and developed a special tuning for this instrument which allowed more sophisticated chord and melody work. He continued beeing an expert in applying his blues-influenced treatments to the standard songs of the day, as well as to Hawaiian favorites. This ability brought him to the movies - Sol Hoopii performed in several Hollywood movies such as 'Bird Of Paradise', 'Waikiki Wedding' and 'Song of the Islands'. He also performed in the soundtrack to the Betty Boop cartoon 'Betty's Bamboo Isle' - have a view by clicking here
Sol Hoopii gave up his career in secular music in 1938 and made only few recordings until his death at the age of 51 in 1953.
Recently Hana Ola Records has released a compilation cd of early Sol Hoopii recordings (HOCD A682617) including material recorded 1927-1936 covering Hoopii's acoustic period and featuring his Novelty Trio on most tracks. Learn more about the cd and listen to sound-clips in mp3 format by clicking here