Mary Kaye

Mary Kaye (January 9, 1924 Detroit, Michigan – February 17, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada) [1] was a guitarist and performer who was active from the 1940s through 1960s.

In a 2003 interview for Vintage Guitar magazine, Mary Kaye (born Malia Ka'aihue) claimed to be descended from Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani, through her father Johnny Kaʻaihue (Johnny Ukulele) whom she claimed was "pure Hawaiian" and stated, "he was the son of Prince Kuhio, Queen Liliuokalani's younger brother." However, according to the genealogy Liliuokalani put in her biography, her brothers were King David Kalākaua and Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku II. Neither Liliuokalani nor her brothers had any biological children.

The Mary Kaye Trio is credited with founding the Las Vegas "lounge" phenomenon at the Last Frontier in 1953 : an all-night party atmosphere where stars and common folk rubbed elbows in a freewheeling environment.

Mary Kaye died in a Las Vegas hospital of pulmonary disease on February 17, 2007.

Her son Jay Kaye was also a musician. At the age of 15, he put out his first LP, Suddenly One Summer in 1968. Now a cult psychedelic album, it received little notice or airplay upon its release. He later moved to Europe to play in casinos.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 9th, 1924 (Detroit), Died February 17th, 2007 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1955 - 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 8502 6/20/1955 My funny Valentine Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8503 6/20/1955 Mad about the boy Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8504 6/20/1955 Get out of town-1 Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8505 6/20/1955 Wagon wheels-1 Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8712 9/30/1955 I'll remember April Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8713 9/30/1955 Bewitched Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8749 10/4/1955 They didn't believe me Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8750 10/4/1955 Get happy Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 8751 10/4/1955 Good-bye Mary Kaye Trio vocalist  
Decca L 9065 3/26/1956 Laura Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9066 3/26/1956 Lonely town Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9067 3/26/1956 All the things you are Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9068 3/26/1956 The masquerade is over Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9131 4/9/1956 Save your sorrow Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9132 4/9/1956 Come rain or come shine Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9133 4/9/1956 Without a song Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9564 9/26/1956 Almost like being in love Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9565 9/26/1956 Fools rush in Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9566 9/26/1956 Love for sale Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9579 10/1/1956 Add another leaf Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9580 10/1/1956 Spring reunion Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 9581 10/1/1956 I'm in love with a stranger Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 10042 1957 Boy on a dolphin Mary Kaye ; Lionel Newman vocalist  
Decca L 10074 4/29/1957 Calypso rock Mary Kaye ; Mary Kaye ; Mary Kaye Trio vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 10470 8/15/1957 I must have you Mary Kaye vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kaye, Mary," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205278.

Kaye, Mary. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205278.

"Kaye, Mary." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205278

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