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Gabby Pahinui

Gabby Pahinui helped to lay the foundation for Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. Although he recorded only one internationally released album, Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 1, his influence continues to be reflected in the playing of Hawaiian slack key players and American guitarists including John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Ry Cooder. During an early-'90s interview, Pahinui's son, James "Bla" Pahinui, also a skilled slack key guitarist, recalled, "My dad got away with a lot of stuff because it worked. He touched so many people because he shared what was in his heart in such an honest and direct way."

Pahinui recorded the first slack key recordings in 1946. He continued to lead his own band, the Sons of Hawai'I, until the early '70s when he formed a new group with his sons Charles, Cyril, and James. Their first steps towards international fame came when Ry Cooder traveled to Hawaii to record Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 1, during a two-week-long session at Pahinui's home in Kona in 1975. The home had been the site for nightly jam sessions for many years. The same year, Pahinui made a guest appearance on Cooder's album Chicken Skin. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Gabby inspired so many aritists and Hawaiian music enthusiasts here in Hawaii Nei and around the world while staying true to his humbly proud Waimanalo roots. Wonderful and original ki ho'alu or slack key, original vocal stylings, sometimes with Hawaiian chant technique. Gabby's original arrangements often included a ka'i or intro 'song before the song' and a ho'i or 'song after the song.' Dubbed Captain Thirsty by legendary radio personality, Sam Kapu, he makes us thirst for more!
apriledie
Please, someone, translate this beautiful musical libretti...
No small innuendos or quips just a feeling of the old days which were hard but able to sustain because we were one Thank you for making music that remind us of good times. Aloha, Mele Cordeiro
Um da bio...small kine off
ONO. SOUNDS
Gabby is a true treasure of beautiful Hawaii , he lives on in his music he left us for all to enjoy we love you Gabby
hele on!
Uncle Gabby he Da kine! Miss you and Auntie Genoa Kiawe Mahalos and Ahui Hou......
lukespringer 1 9
Really nice to fall asleep to!
Beautiful music. It takes u bak to da hana bada days n raise's da hair on yo neck, no foget da bumps all ova. 96744
ENJOYED IT
bmorr.77
Fills a huge gap. Mahalo and Aloha!
on Pandora can bring this diversity to music on the web, thanx
lalaevita
Mahalo Pop's, was blessed to have attended your luau dedication of 1995, in Waimanalo. ( uncle John's of the hyway. ) God Bless and keep all of us safe. Mahaaalo Plenty! Lala1
bruddaboy
Makes me Home sick for the Islands and all the ALOHA that comes with it.....
MORE GHOSTS OF ALOHA...HONE Y S IN KANEHOAE...S T A R T E D DON HO...KAILUA. . S O MANY GREAT HAWAIIAN SOUL MUSICIANAS
classic hawaiian
SO BEAUTIFUL... . O L A M N A > > e v e n Don Ho....Alfred ...very spirtiual..t h e ghost of aloha....tom m y t e e k a i l u a . . k a h a l a . . s u n s e t b e a c h .
myhawaii00
THIRSTY MUSIC ALWAYS - RIPPA O KAILUA ON DA FRONT PORCH

A HUI HO

Gabby no ka oi!
I haven't heard Gabby in years.I used to have a recording of Gabby and Ry Cooder doing a whole album,not just an appearane on Chicken Skin.I'm really glad I found Pandora,a lot of good memories to be found.
many many more great hawaiians... . w h e r e be Olamana in their prime..folk music...grow n from the Colonists sounds...so special to Hawaii...alo h a m a h a l o n u i a l o h a TommyT.
info62013
Thank-you Pandora, there are more cds, but this is great!
omfg! thanks a whole bunch, Pandora!!!

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