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The UkuleleA History$
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Jim Tranquada and John King

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835446

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835446.001.0001

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A Craze of the Frisco Exposition

A Craze of the Frisco Exposition

(p.92) Chapter 6 A Craze of the Frisco Exposition
The Ukulele

Jim Tranquada

John King

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the presence of Hawaiian music at expositions. Because of the ʻukulele's widespread popularity on the West Coast, the Hawaiian presence at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition already was a familiar one to many of the locals. However, Hawaiian music had a profound impact on many other of the fair's more than 18 million visitors, one of which was Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company. Indeed, the ʻukulele had become “the most popular instrument of the day.” By the end of 1915, ʻukuleles—“the new musical instrument, a craze of the Frisco Exposition”—and ʻukulele lessons were being advertised in Kansas City, Detroit, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Duluth, Minnesota, Anaconda, Montana, and Columbus, Georgia.

Keywords:   Hawaiian music, ʻukulele, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Henry Ford, ʻukulele lessons

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