Hideous Saxophones replace melodious ukuleles

The Schenectady Gazette of 1 December 1925 tells of the switch from ukuleles to saxophones, and of Mr Charles E King’s lament: Saxophones are making “the night hideous with their wails”.

Mr King said that the old Hawaiian songs had melody and were sung with stringed instruments, notably the ukulele, but with the rise in popularity of the saxophone, people who don’t know either music or their instruments are picking their own way through a tune — sometimes two or three together, resulting in all noise and no music.

Mr King believed that modern movies, dances and radio have killed the home-made quality music of Hawaii.

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Published in: on August 21, 2010 at 6:07 am  Comments (2)  
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