THE HULA HAWAIIANS, BASEL DISCOGRAPHY




Above, ca. 1957. L to R: Ruedi Kunz, Walti Roost, Max Zimmerli, Robert Felix




Above, the early lineup. L to R: Walter Pfirter, Walti Roost, Jean Rohrer, Kurt Gass at the Geigy event. Not spotted in this picture is Max Zimmerli.







Here's the most complete discography ever about Walter Roost's legendary band The Hula Hawaiians from Basel, Switzerland! The Hula Hawaiians were an extraordinary Hawaii-band like there was no 2nd one. Their repetoire contained something for everybody: They would mix classic Hawaii standarts with guitar boogies, rock "n" roll, country and western, charleston.. and they would add some clever novelties in between their sets! They could do some slow gutsy crooners (like Only You by the Platters) as well as some absolutely amazing and masterfully played uptempo numbers too. Their very private Hula Club in Basel was just closed last year, after the unfortunate death of their bandleader Walti Roost.

As it turns out: The Hula Hawaiians 1957 recording of "The Chimpanzee Rock" rates amongst thee ultimate BEST rock "n" roll instrumentals in world. Try to name a 50s rock "n" roll instrumental from the U.S. that is as fast and skillfull played as this! Rockabilly fans will love the fabulous sound of The Chimpanzee Rock, and some of the other Hula Hawaiians tracks like The Hula Boogie. They've also played the best version ever of Guitar Boogie by Arthur Smith.

The Hula Hawaiians were formed in 1945. The classic Hula Hawaiians lineup however was made up in 1955 and was consisting of Walti Roost and Max Zimmerli from the original Hulla Hawaiians, plus the three ex-Okinawa Hawaiians' Werner Kunz, Robert Felix, and Ruedi Kunz (the brother of Werner). This lineup was good from 1955 - 1980. After the death of Max Zimmerli in 1980, the band continued to play some weekly shows at the Hula Club with the lineup of Walti Roost, Werner Kunz, Robert Felix, and Ruedi Kunz until 2005. The Hula Hawaiians were existing for 60 years, and they would not change their lineup (and instruments!) for the last 50 years.

Walter Roost was just simply the absolute BEST Hawaii- and steelpedal- guitarist from Switzerland, and Werner Kunz, should rate as the technically best Swiss lead-guitarist from the 50s era, along with Pierre Cavalli. Werner Kunz reminds me a lot of the great American guitarists of the 50s, like Joe Maphis, Larry Collins, but also of Les Paul etc. Robert Felix the bassplayer from 1955 to 2005, was exactly as good a musician as Walter and Werner were!! Max Zimmerli was a fantastic lead-crooner, and frontman like there were few, and Ruedi Kunz was, and still is one hell of an ukulele player.

Please let me know if you have any records missing from this Hula Hawaiians discography. There should be some Japanese pressings out there, but nobody over here has ever seen them. Thanks so much to Walti Roost, Werner Kunz, Ruedi Kunz, Robert Felix for their helping with this discography. We hope that you will enjoy!!

NOTE: The Hula Hawaiians from Basel, Switzerland have got NOTHING in common with the awfull German "Hula Hawaiian Quartet" that released some boring records on Polydor.


THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART ONE: The 78s

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART TWO: The EPs

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART THREE: The Singles

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART FOUR: The 10" albums

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART FIVE: The LPs

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART SIX: Tapes

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART SEVEN: CDs

THE HULA HAWAIIANS DISCOGRAPHY PART EIGHT: Bonus Photos!!!!!






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