I have seen some other footage of Al Shaw, but I can't find it. They are both wonderful classic films and it is beautiful to see the National looking so new and shiny. What these films do show is how far behind the Americans we were in the Hawaiian guitar department.
Post by Michael Messer on Jan 5, 2018 12:40:03 GMT
Felix Mendelssohn's Hawaiian Serenaders were very famous and important in the history of Hawaiian music in Britain. You're right about Sam's dad being in the band, but that's not him. I am not sure, but that is either Roland Peachy or Kealoha Life. There were many steel players in Felix's band, including Ivor Mairants, Sammy Mitchell (Sam's dad) and Harry Brooker (Gary's dad).
I was in touch with Sammy Mitchell in his later years. He sent me his last album, which was recorded on a four track Tascam cassette Portastudio. It was only released on cassette and is a wonderful collection of songs and instrumentals with Sammy playing all instruments. It is a very beautiful album. Young Sam, our Sam, was amazed and quite emotional when I told him I had his dad's album, because apparently there were very few copies.