Charles K. L. Davis
Album: Sings and Plays
CD Id: SLCD-7058
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|The End Of The News
|Kuu Pua Paoakalani
|Akanhi Hoi & Koni Au I Ka Wai
|On A Coconut Island
|The Carburetor Song
|Aloha Noooooo Waikiki
|Aloha No Au I Ko Maka
|Sweet Hawaiian Valentine
|My Little Grass Shack
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Lehua Records is proud to be able to bring you the late Charles K. L. Davis' finest recordings of his last twenty years. These recordings represent the best of three albums: Charlie Sings Kolohe, Songs of Hawaiian Royalty and Remember, I Gave My Aloha. The songs from these three sets of recordings represent Charles as the multi-talented singer/pianist of Hawaii.
This new grouping of recordings from three of the late Charles K. L. Davis' finest albums is brought to you, his friends and admirers, as a vital remembrance of all his years of entertaining and the joy his music brought to the people of Hawai'i.
Charles grew up in Waialua and began singing for weddings and church services at the historic Lili'uokalani Protestant Church where he worshipped with his family. His father was Dr. Arthur L. Davis and his mother, Rose, was of Hawaiian ancestry.
During WWII, Charles joined a friend who was one of Hawai'i's USO directors and they traveled around in an Oldsmobile station wagon with a little Tom Thumb piano. Charles remembers, "... we would go out to the outskirts where the antiaircraft were — like Brigade Woods, Opauela, Helemano. We had community singing. My friend would lead the singing and I would play the piano." During the next three years, Charles was in the Air Force, then came home to his studies in music. He attended the University of
Hawai'i, received a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara, then studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1959, he was rewarded by winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions there. This same year, when Hawai'i became a state, he was invited to perform at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
Charles went on to give a command performance at the White House, starred with Patricia Munsel in My Fair Lady and toured Russia with the Ed Sullivan Show. "That was exciting," Davis once said, describing the way the Russians dubbed him "Hawaiianisky."
However, the tug of Hawai'i Nei was too great, and he returned to live in the islands where his repertoire ranged from singing opera, to familiar Hawaiian tunes, always at the keyboard . . . some kolohe (naughty) and others nostalgic. He could make you laugh until you were hysterical and he could bring tears to your eyes.
Looking back on his life, Charlie once said, "I've had kind of a chop suey career, but it's been interesting." He had a great philosophy of life: "Enjoy! Just enjoy what you're doing." And he did!