Billy Murray – “When Old Bill Bailey Plays the Ukulele”

Here’s another classic Ukulele gem from the “Under The Ukulele Moon” collection, lovingly compiled by Happy Puppy Records. Accompanied by a small brass band and choir and of course a gleeful ukulele strum, this topical tropical number has lyrical references to the Women’s Suffrage movement of the time, and hula dancing. Of course! Enjoy with a nice umbrella drink in your finest beach apparel. And don’t forget to vote.

Cliff Edwards – “A Song Of Old Hawaii”

Here’s a lovely ode to Hawaii, performed by American popular music and early radio legend Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, accompanying his romantic vocal on, what else? Ukelele! It’s a beautiful song without a trace of irony, from a time when beautiful songs without a trace of irony were beautiful and not ironic. Jump in, the water’s nice! This is from a compilation called “Under The Ukele Moon” which you can find at archive.org, in time for your next Luau.

Andy Iona And His Islanders – “Naughty Hula Eyes”

When legendary Hawaiian music innovator Andy Iona sings the praises of a girl with “Naughty Hula Eyes,” you might need an umbrella drink! The lyrics to this classic song somehow manage to be sexy, innocent, sweet, and naughty all at once. Iona’s fluid lead vocal and his Islanders’ velvety smooth choral vocals, along with that trademark Hawaiian Steel Guitar, all add up to paint a picture of a blissful, other-worldly beach scene. Aloha.