The Stardusters: Rock Around the Island (1956)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Stardusters: Rock Around the Island (1956)

Written by the American Ken Darby who also penned Love Me Tender, this engaging slice of pop captures the spirit of the Pacific (Hawaiian music was still enormously popular at the time and Bill Wolfgramm on steel guitar here was a master practitioner) and also the new fangled sound of rock'n'roll beaming in from the States.

And a little smidgen of country music.

The Stardusters were a smart vocal group who'd previously backed Pat McMinn on her hit Opo the Crazy Dolphin and the ad for Taniwha Blue soap, while also running their own creditable career. 

But this is such a wee gem of its period that it deserves an airing again. 

It appeared on a TANZA compilation -- the label established To Assist New Zealand Artists -- and Chris Bourke featured it in his excellent radio series Blue Smoke (here) which supported his cornerstone book of the same name (reviewed here). And to buy the book go here.

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Bob Dylan: All American Boy (1967)

Bob Dylan: All American Boy (1967)

American country-rocker Bobby Bare scored an unlikely hit with All American Boy back in '58 when his demo of the song for a friend Bill Parsons was chosen by the record company over Parson's... > Read more

Lenny and Squiggy: Foreign Legion of Love (1979)

Lenny and Squiggy: Foreign Legion of Love (1979)

You don't dig into From the Vaults looking for good taste or class, but you do find oddities like this which resonates on many levels throughout rock culture. Lenny and Squiggy were the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  St Germain

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: St Germain

When Elsewhere first encountered Frenchman Ludovic Navarre (aka St Germain) some 20 years on the back of his breakthrough album Tourist, his English was virtually non-existent and the French at my... > Read more

EPs by Shani.O

EPs by Shani.O

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Shani.O. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more