Ukulele Craze Sweeps Country!

The Honoulu Star Bulletin (6 September 1915) reported that:

‘A ukulele craze which is sweeping  the states from San Francisco to New York is directly the result of the Hawaiian quintet in the exposition building,’ sas Mr. Effinger.

As an example of the great popularity which has come recently to the little Hawaiian instrument, he mentioned an incident of where a crowd of 200 people who visited the exposition from Chicago brought along 86 ukuleles. These instruments are made in Chicago and do not compare at all with the Hawaiian make, he says.

‘In New York and Chicago I found all the music stores advertising Hawaiian music and instruments more than any other sort,’ says the commissioner. ‘Large posters in the windows also announce Hawaiian records for phonograph music.’

‘I believe,’ says Mr. Effinger, ‘that the demand for ukuleles alone, in the next year, will amount to 30,000 instruments. The two most popular songs, “Honi Kaua Wikiwike” and “Paradise Isles” are being advertised three times as much as any other music.”

Mr Effinger was not far wrong. There was a shortage of Hawaiian ukuleles in 1916.

Published in: on June 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: