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Thread #39684   Message #2711788
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
29-Aug-09 - 07:41 PM
Thread Name: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
allmusic.com lists 238 recordings of "Song of the Islands." All, except one, are credited to Charles E. King.
The exception actually is an arrangement for 50 guitars, Barry Gordon.

Among those crediting Charles King are Burl Ives, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, Earl Hines, Duke Kamuku, Bing Crosby, Martin Denny, Benny Goodman, Marty Robbins, Betty Grable, Les Paul, Frankie Laine, Hank Snow, Andy Williams-
Allmusic doesn't list the old timers, so there are many more who used King's music. (Owens, Leon McAuliffe, etc.)

Some- like Armstrong- just used the original piece as a point to take off from, but still give credit to King.

You mention Marty Robbins and Andy Williams for "the one you sing."
They credit King. Like many artists, they perhaps added their own words and varied the tune a bit to suit themselves but recognized King as the copyright holder.