Sonny Cunha

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 1879, Died 1933

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, arranger

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Recordings (Results 51-52 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 5298 10-in. 1/17/1917 My Waikiki mermaid Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9560 10-in. 6/12/1924 My Honolulu hula girl MacDowell Sisters Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 51-52 of 52 records)


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