Sonny Cunha, full name Albert Richard Cunha (October 1, 1879 – January 23, 1933) was an American composer, bandleader, pianist, singer, politician and entrepreneur. He was the first to popularize hapa haole music, a type of Hawaiian music with influences from popular music and with lyrics that are a combination of English and Hawaiian (or wholly English).
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1879
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, arranger
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-13113||10-in.||4/11/1913||My Honolulu hula girl||Hawaiian Quintette ; E. K. Rose||Male vocal solo and male vocal quintet, with instrumental quintet (Hawaiian)||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-13148||10-in.||4/18/1913||Honolulu tom boy||Hawaiian Quintette||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-15352||10-in.||11/6/1914||Halona||Toots Paka Hawaiian Troupe||Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||arranger|
|Victor||B-15582||10-in.||1/12/1915||Cunha medley||David K. Kaili ; Pale K. Lua||Guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-16633||10-in.||10/11/1915||On the beach at Waikiki medley||Louise and Ferera||Guitar duet (Hawaiian)||arranger|
|Victor||B-17066||10-in.||1/26/1916||On the beach at Waikiki||Meyer Davis Kalaluhi Hawaiians||Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||arranger|
|Victor||B-18434||10-in.||9/16/1916||Dear old Honolulu||Wright and Dietrich||Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and ukuleles||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-18435||10-in.||9/16/1916||My Honolulu hula girl||Wright and Dietrich||Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and ukuleles||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-18455||10-in.||9/23/1916||"My Hawaiian maid" medley||Wright and Dietrich||Female-male vocal duet, with ukulele and 2 guitars||composer|
|Victor||B-19058||10-in.||1/17/1917||Everybody hula||Louise and Ferera||Guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-19193||10-in.||2/19/1917||Hawaiian medley no. 2||E. K. Rose||Guitar solo (Hawaiian)||arranger|
|Victor||B-19303||10-in.||2/20/1917||My Honolulu hula girl||E. K. Rose||Male vocal solo, with ukulele (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-24648||10-in.||10/21/1920||The hula blues||Billy Murray ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with mandolin and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29028||10-in.||11/24/1923||Hawaiian melodies||Nicholas A. Barbarito ; Warren B. Patterson||Guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-30061||10-in.||5/9/1924||My Waikiki mermaid||Edith MacDowell ; Grace MacDowell||Female vocal duet, with guitar and ukulele||composer|
|Victor||B-30062||10-in.||5/9/1924||She sang aloha to me||Edith MacDowell ; Grace MacDowell||Female vocal duet, with guitar and ukulele||composer|
|Victor||BS-77331||10-in.||12/12/1933||The hula blues||Jim & Bob||Guitar duet, with male vocal duet (Hawaiian)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-89056||10-in.||3/26/1935||Hula girl||Sam Alama Hawaiians||Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-89111||10-in.||4/6/1935||Honolulu tomboy||Sam Alama Hawaiians||Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-203||10-in.||5/10/1926||Good-bye, Honolulu||Keaumoku A. Louis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||arranger|
|Victor||PBVE-233||10-in.||5/14/1926||Kuu pua roselani||Keaumoku A. Louis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||arranger|
|Victor||PBVE-277||10-in.||4/22/1927||Hula girl||Kane's Hawaiians||Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||PBS-061158||10-in.||4/14/1941||Hapa haole hula girl||Ray Andrade Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Columbia||46309||10-in.||12/29/1915||Hapa haole hula girl||Louise and Ferera||Steel guitar and guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Columbia||46417||10-in.||2/15/1916||Manua kea||Henry N. Clark||Male vocal solo and vocal octet, with steel guitar and ukulele (Hawaiian)||arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cunha, Sonny," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111852.
Cunha, Sonny. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111852.
"Cunha, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.
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