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    Gabby Pahinui

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Wonderful Night lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Pure Gabby [2011]
    2Hawaiian Band Vol. 1 [2011]
    3With The Sons Of Hawaii [2008]
    4The King Of Slack Key - The Best Of Gabby Pahinui, Vol. 1 [2011]
    5Best Of The Gabby Band 1972-1977 [2002]


    The late Gabby Pahinui was one of the great 20th century masters of Hawaiian vocal, slack key and steel guitar music–a true working class hero. Gabby was a brilliant self-taught musician whose musical influences were the big band and jazz music brought to Hawai"i to entertain the tourists at the Waikiki hotels and spilling over into the surrounding streets and bars in the district where he grew up and the traditional Hawaiian music favored by his native community.

    His ability to master any stringed instrument coupled with his bright falsetto that became raspy with age and guttural deep tones made him a unique fixture on the Hawaiian music scene. Gabby's was the raw, plaintive, earthy and powerful "under-the-stars" backyard music of Hawai'i.

    His talent, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Gabby is the maestro of South Seas music with a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in the Hawaiian Renaissance, a renewed interest in traditional forms of music and a whole new era of popular culture. Still striking a universal chord in the hearts and minds of people who hear it, his music provides a link between generations.

    His career had its ups and downs and can be separated into three distinct phases: club performer in the early years, recording and concert artist in the middle years and in the years leading up to his death, primary recording force–though he coupled recordings with key concert appearances.

    "Gabby Pops" Pahinui, passed away on the golf course October 13, 1980.

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