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Welcome to the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide's page of Hawaii Top 40 Hits: 1950s to 1980s. This page will present in a tabled format a list with hotlinks to songs that were popular radio hits mainly in Hawaii and not on the U.S. mainland. The genres of music listed may include rock, pop, R&B, soul, disco, dance, Hawaiian, island, reggae and country. Various artists from the genres are represented, many of whom never made it to the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
This does not mean that Hawaii artists did not make the Billboard Hot 100. Far from it. A rather large handful of Hawaii's most well known artists have had at least one hit single listed on the Hot 100.
Hawaii artists who have made the Billboard Hot 100 include Yvonne Elliman, Glenn Medeiros, Don Ho, Arthur Lyman and Bette Midler. Some of them went all the way to the Top 10, a few making it to #1.
Other Hawaii artists never had a record go near the Hot 100 or even "bubble under" that chart. That does not mean their records were not good. Fact is Hawaii people have a connection to a lot of local music that never make it on the mainland. Artists in this catergory include well known luminaries such as Cecilio & Kapono, Kalapana, Peter Moon and Gabby Pahinui. All very popular, none going to the Hot 100.
One of them was Sonny Geraci and Climax's "Precious and Few" which was a huge #1 hit in Hawaii about six months before it broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Glenn Medeiros won the old KIKI "Brownbags to Stardom" contest with his cover of George Benson's "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You." That record was played on Hawaii radio long before it became a nationwide top 20 hit.
Many hits by mainland and foreign artists were hits only in Hawaii and not on the mainland. One of the most well known is The Rascals' "My Hawaii" which was an album track on their 1968 release Once Upon a Dream. The beautiful ballad was never released as a single but became a perennial radio favorite over the years and got listed on several local radio station charts as one of Hawaii's all time favorites.
There are many others, some of which are listed below.
You will notice that some songs are highlighted with hot links while others are not. Some artists are also hot linked while others are not. Clicking on a song title link will bring up information about the song. Clicking on the artist link will bring a link to a compact disc on which that artist's song is available. Those songs and artists without links have no current information or lacks availability on compact disc. The list will be periodically updated.
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These playlists are occasionally updated, so check back from time to time. Enjoy the music.
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