Andy Iona (born Andrew Aiona Long, January 1, 1902 – November 9, 1966) was an American musician and one of Hawaii's most influential musicians. He was a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist, and steel guitarist. He went to the Kamehameha School for Boys. He was also educated at Henri Berger's Private School of Music in Honolulu.
He was a member of the radio station KHS staff orchestra. He went on to form his own group called Andy Iona and his Islanders, which mixed traditional Hawaiian melodies with American swing; the band appeared in films, hotels, and theatres, and on records. He composed songs for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers after joining in 1940, and recorded the music for two Soundies in 1941. Long toured with Sonja Henie for 12 years.
He married Leimomi Woodds and had three children.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1902 (Waimea), Died November 9th, 1966 (Santa Anita Park)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, ukulele, vocalist, steel guitar
Notes: Also known as Andy Iona Long.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-97725||10-in.||8/18/1936||South Sea island magic||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-104068||10-in.||8/7/1936||South Sea Island magic||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-042293||10-in.||12/11/1939||Sand||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Bill Stoker||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-058332||10-in.||12/9/1940||A million moons over Hawaii||Hawaiian Musical Ambassadors ; Ray Kinney||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Decca||62070||10-in.||3/24/1937||On a little bamboo bridge||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, ukulele, vocalist|
|Decca||62071||10-in.||3/24/1937||Hawaiian hospitality||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, ukulele, vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 581||10-in.||8/18/1936||To you sweetheart, Aloha||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, ukulele, vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 582||10-in.||8/18/1936||On a cocoanut island||Louis Armstrong ; Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, ukulele, vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1394||10-in.||8/12/1938||Song of the islands||Eddie Dunstedter ; Andy Iona||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
|Decca||DLA 1395||10-in.||8/12/1938||Aloha Oe||Eddie Dunstedter ; Andy Iona||instrumentalist, steel guitar|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Iona, Andy," accessed August 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109042.
Iona, Andy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109042.
"Iona, Andy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.
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