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King Bennie Nawahi

"King" Bennie Nawahi (July 3, 1899 – January 29, 1985) was an American steel guitarist from Hawaii who was popular in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 3rd, 1899 (Honolulu), Died January 29th, 1985 (Long Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, lyricist, steel guitar, guitar, harmonica, mandolin

Notes: Original name: Benjamin Keakahiawa Nawahi.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-64868 10-in. 3/11/1931 Queen of the South Sea Isles (Pela Pupu) King Nawahi's Hawaiians Instrumental ensemble, with vocal trio lyricist, composer  
Victor BRC-64871 10-in. 3/11/1931 Flowers of the islands King Nawahi's Hawaiians Instrumental ensemble, with vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149607 10-in. 12/20/1929 Malia King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) composer, leader, instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Columbia W149608 10-in. 12/20/1929 Hawaiian capers King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) composer, leader, instrumentalist, steel guitar  
Columbia W149943 10-in. 1/30/1930 One, two, three, four King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W149944 10-in. 1/30/1930 Maui girl King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W149945 10-in. 1/30/1930 Tickling the strings King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) composer, leader, lyricist  
Columbia W149946 10-in. 1/30/1930 Smiling eyes King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) composer, leader, lyricist  
Columbia W150001 10-in. 2/19/1930 I went to Hilo King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150002 10-in. 2/19/1930 Aloha means "I love you" King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150081 10-in. 3/11/1930 Under a Texas moon King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150082 10-in. 3/11/1930 Hawaiian love-bird King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150083 10-in. 3/11/1930 Maui no la ka oi King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150084 10-in. 3/11/1930 Mauna Kea King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) leader  
Columbia W150558 10-in. 6/2/1930 May Day is lei day too King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Columbia W150559 10-in. 6/2/1930 May Day is lei day in Hawaii King Nawahi's Hawaiians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble leader  
Columbia W151260 10-in. 2/2/1931 Dinah The Red Devils Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W151261 10-in. 2/2/1931 Tiger rag The Red Devils Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W151489 10-in. 4/7/1931 Ukulele Benny Georgia Jumpers Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W151490 10-in. 4/7/1931 California blues Georgia Jumpers Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W151491 10-in. 4/7/1931 The big feet rag Georgia Jumpers Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W151492 10-in. 4/7/1931 Guitar rhythm Georgia Jumpers Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Columbia W151653 10-in. 6/26/1931 Wish I had my first wife back Charles B. Smith Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar, guitar, harmonica, mandolin  
Columbia W151654 10-in. 6/26/1931 My little A-1 brownie Charles B. Smith Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, steel guitar, guitar, harmonica, mandolin  
Columbia W151713 10-in. 8/7/1931 Collegiate stomp Georgia Jumpers Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and whistling composer, lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nawahi, King Bennie," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110644.

Nawahi, King Bennie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110644.

"Nawahi, King Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110644

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