Frank Ferera

Musician

Name

Frank Ferera

About

A Hawaiian native of Portuguese descent, Ferara was among the first musicians to popularize the Hawaiian style of lap steel guitar. Ferara and his partner Helen Louise played and sang melodies from indigenous Hawaiian culture as well as, increasingly, pop songs in English inflected by Hawaiian styles. For example, his 1930 song “Under the Texas Moon” combined a tango beat with western themes and Hawaiian music phrases. He was one of the key figures in popularizing Hawaiian music and making it adaptable to other styles

Role(s)

Musician

Birth date

June 12, 1885

Death date

June 26, 1951

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A Hawaiian native of Portuguese descent, Ferara was among the first musicians to popularize the Hawaiian style of lap steel guitar. Ferara and his partner Helen Louise played and sang melodies from indigenous Hawaiian culture as well as, increasingly, pop songs in English inflected by Hawaiian styles. For example, his 1930 song “Under the Texas Moon” combined a tango beat with western themes and Hawaiian music phrases. He was one of the key figures in popularizing Hawaiian music and making it adaptable to other styles

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