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Alfred Apaka discography
Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2010-03-16 6:58 pm   Permalink

Does anyone have or know of a complete discography for Alfred Apaka?
I have nine of his albums that I have placed on I-Tunes and would like to order them by when they were released. He had Decca, Capital, ABC and MCA releases. It is odd that the Internet biographies I can find are less complete than the various album notes which woefully recount his career. The day he died prematurely in 1960 at the age of 40 was labeled "the day Hawaii cried".
Mahalo.
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Rum Balls
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Posted: 2010-03-17 06:46 am   Permalink

Allmusic can get you started: http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=ALFRED|ALPAKA&sql=11:hzfpxqw5ld0e~T2
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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2010-03-17 1:24 pm   Permalink

Love AA!

 
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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2010-03-17 3:13 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-03-17 06:46, Rum Balls wrote:
Allmusic can get you started: http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=ALFRED|ALPAKA&sql=11:hzfpxqw5ld0e~T2




Thanks, but everything they list was released in the mid-60s or later - after his death - and none of it is on Decca or Capitol Records. He was clearly a sensation in the late 50's when Webley Edwards' Hawaii Calls was releasing their first half dozen or so Capital lps, and Apaka was serving as music director overseeing entertainment at Henry K's Hawaiian Village, including Martin Denny's combo. Most of the Decca and Capital stuff (that doesn't refer to his passing) should be dated from that time period.
KG

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Thortiki
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Posted: 2010-03-20 7:26 pm   Permalink

Alfred Apaka

Often mentioned as the Bing Crosby of Hawaii & the voice of Pre-Statehood Hawaii. His sudden death in 1960 ended a promising career. AA was introduced on American television by Bob Hope and already treated like an adopted son by Henry J. Kaiser with his Hawaiian Village!

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msteeln
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Posted: 2010-03-20 8:46 pm   Permalink

No Apaka collection is complete without 'the Tapa Tapes', the few salvaged air shots of the evening shows from the Hilton's, Tapa Room, Alfred backed by his all-star band. Hard to find, but worth it.

 
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2010-03-22 7:24 pm   Permalink

I found this photo of Alfred Apaka in a Tacoma archive last summer.






 
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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2010-03-23 4:43 pm   Permalink

Cool photo and for once he is not wearing his signature double-carnation lei!
Mahalo for sharing.
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msteeln
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Posted: 2010-03-25 8:16 pm   Permalink

Interesting side note, the lady next to Alfred is the mother of the late comedian, Rap Reiplinger, a Hawaii legend.
I was at a Portugese cooking demo his mom was in charge of, and she had her son be the entertainment..., even toned way down he was a bit much for that crowd. It was his last show, 2 days later he was gone.
Here's a second shot of Alfred that night -
http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/images/dt6n.asp?un=84&pg=5&krequest=subjects+contains+Top+of+the+Ocean+and+Tacoma+&stemming=&phonic=&fuzzy=&maxfiles=

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