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basilh


From:
United Kingdom
Post Posted 28 Mar 2009 12:40 pm     Reply with quote

Firstly the BBC Radio programme :-

Part 1 the Tau Moe Story

Part 2 the Tau Moe Story

Here are the VERY rare recordings from India and Europe.

From India: Tau Moe & his Tropical Stars

A Journey to a Star (Vocal Daphne Tilbury)
Paducah (Lani Moe Solos)
Kiss the Boys Goodbye (Vocal Rose Moe)
White Blossoms of Tahni (Vocal Rose Moe)
Tangerine (Vocal Tau Moe)
Hilo Hattie (Vocal Rose Moe)
Melahi (Vocal Rose Moe)
Hoe Down (Vocal Lani Moe - His FIRST Recording)
Moonlight in Hawaii (Vocal Tau and Rose)
Kalamazoo (Vocal Lani Moe)
Jingle Jangle Jingle (Vocal Lani Moe)

From Europe: Various

My Golden Baby - Das Hawaientrio Tau Moe
Ein Paradise am Meerestrand - Das Hawaientrio Tau Moe
(Both songs from "Die Blume von Hawaii"
Taifu, du Schönste von Hawaii - Golgowsky Quartet, w. Tau Moe's Original Hawaiians.
My Hawaiian Souvenirs - Tau Moe's Original Hawaiians
Kohala March - Tau Moe's Original Hawaiians
Hilo March - Tau Moe's Original Hawaiians
O Mein Papa - Das Hawaientrio Tau Moe
Immer bei Nacht - Tau Moe's Original Hawaiians (Vocal Lani Moe)

The Golgowsky track is the flipside of a record that was used for Harlequin, the "Immer bei Nacht" track is "HOME" with German lyrics (Most probably have the English one) John taped this off a test pressing that Tau played for him on one of his visits.

From a tape Tau sent me :-
Home
Hula Girl
King Kamehameha
Twilight Blues
Estralita
Ke Kali Nei Au
Waltz Medley
Hano Hano
Somebody Else
Three o'clock in the Morning
South Sea Sadie
Sentimental over You
Hukilau
Sophisticated Hula
Hawaiian Paradise
War Chant.

Phew, that was a long days work !!

To top it off a little info about the extended Moe Family.

In particular just listen to "Joe Lanni Moe" singing an incredibly good pop song,

The whole Moe family were close friends of my Wife Pat and myself throughout their stay in Europe from the late 50's onwards..

You do know that Tau was a Mormon and had TWO Wives and TWO families ?

Tau Moe was based in Brussels for most of the 50's-60's and 70's, and there's still some of his family playing in Denmark.

So Dorian (Daughter of Tau and Rose) who lives in Laie is NOT the last of the Moe Family...

Click HERE for The Family in Denmark

Tribute to Tau

This is Joe Lanni Moe son of Tau and Lissi Petersen, Tau's other wife in Denmark.
Click for the Last Serenade

How's this for a family resemblance ? it's Lei and Lupe with Booker tg Band , hvor de turnerede meget i Jylland


I bet you didn't know about Lissie Peterson and Joe Lanni Tau and the rest ?
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Ron Whitfield


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Kaaawa, Hawaii, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2009 12:48 pm     High fives and mahalo's, Bas! Reply with quote

You've outdone yourself this time. Thanx!
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Roger Shackelton


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Post Posted 28 Mar 2009 5:52 pm     The Tau Moe Story Reply with quote

HI BASIL,

THANK YOU ever so much for sharing this priceless information and recordings of the TAU MOE FAMILY.

I was very fortunate to have met TAU and his daughter DORIAN at HSGA 2003 in HONOLULU.

TAU was helped to the stage and played a tune on DUKE CHING's Triple Neck FENDER STEEL GUITAR.


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Michael Kienhofer


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Goulais River,Ontario,Canada
Post Posted 29 Mar 2009 6:39 am     Tuning Used? Reply with quote

Hey Basil! that was great but could you help out a rookie and give me the Tuning Tau used on the "Tape " he sent you? Thanks again,Michael
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basilh


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 29 Mar 2009 10:25 am     Reply with quote

OK -- E13
From the first string..

E-C#-G#-E-D-(B or E)
and on 8 String
E-C#-B-G#-E-D-B-E
He also told John Marsden in July 1967 that he used
E-B-A-G-E-C-E-C (C6th added maj7)on his twin neck
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Alan Brookes


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Post Posted 29 Mar 2009 4:42 pm     Reply with quote

Very interesting. I'd never heard of him before.
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Mitch Druckman


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2009 8:56 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for posting Tau Moe's music.

There's a great modern album of the Tau Moe Family with Bob Brozman. It's titled...

Remembering the Songs of Our Youth
(Ho'omana'o I Na Mele O Ka Wa U'i)
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 31 Mar 2009 7:29 am     Reply with quote

Mahalo for all that great stuff.
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basilh


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Post Posted 2 Apr 2009 3:53 pm     Reply with quote

Yes that video with Bob Brozman is interesting. I'll ask Bob about the documentary when I see him in the Hague at the Tong Tong Festival and Fair..

http://www.tongtongfestival.nl/

http://chanos-isgf.org/ForumESG/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=211
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billchav


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Houston, TX USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2009 8:59 pm     Tau Moe's Music Reply with quote

Basilh, this is the most enjoyable posting I have had the pleasure of reading and listening to of all your great contributions to the Forum. Keep up your great work. I have been a fan of Tau Moe and Rose for many years along the playing of both you and Bob Brozman.
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Bill Creller


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Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 10:15 am     Reply with quote

That stuff is really neat. Thanks for sharing and posting all that Bas !! Very Happy
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George Keoki Lake


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Edmonton, AB., Canada
Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 11:51 am     Reply with quote

Tau Moe will always be near and dear to my heart. My wife and I had the wonderful privilage of knowing Tau, Rose, Lani and Dorian for so many years. We had many jam sessions at his home in Lai'e, one of which was a Sunday afternoon when Bob Brozman asked me to take him there to meet his "hero" ! That particular jam session was taped and I sent a copy of the tape to Bob in the later weeks. Bob mentions the event on the LP cover. Tau was virtually an 'unknown' in Hawai'i even at the peak of his fantastic career, however everywhere else, especially Europe he was Hawai'i's unofficial ambassador. His steel guitar styling was a close match to the great Sol Ho'opi'i and Sol K Bright sr...amazing technic. Tau was one smart cookie...he enrolled young Lani into acrobatics and dancing classes, and young Dorian into ballet classes also. They in turn taught each other, plus Tau and Rose everything they had learned. Their act encompassed everything from big show 'modern' music of the day to Polynesian. Tau presented me with a VHS tape of their act which is absolutely astonishing. He even knew how to arrange for a Big Band. Rose had a remarkable voice that was so unique right to the end of her long life. Even suffering the ravages of alzheimer, she was still able to remember and sing the lyrics to so many hulas now long gone and probably forgotten. Theirs is a remarkable story on a par with Hollywood's "Sound of Music".
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Brad Bechtel


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Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing this treasure trove of music, Basil. We all appreciate it.
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Stephan Miller


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Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 6:27 pm     Reply with quote

This music is a revelation. Many of us knew Tau Moe only through the Brozman/Moe Family recording, and there's really no way to tell from that CD what a brilliant electric steel player he was. Baz, thanks for all the time that went into this impressive contribution.
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George Keoki Lake


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Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 7:30 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Baz...Such great stuff by Tau ! Whenever we jammed in Lai'e, (also at the Kapiolani Park concerts), he used a 6 string Fender tuned to C#m.
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Darrell Urbien


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Echo Park, California
Post Posted 3 Apr 2009 9:58 pm     Reply with quote

Amazing. Thank you!
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David Cook


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 29 Apr 2009 5:09 am     Reply with quote

Thanks so much for this wonderful music!!! He is so good and so creative! It is a revelation to hear a master from the past! Thanks so much for your "community service". We all appreciate it.
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basilh


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 27 Feb 2011 5:28 pm     Reply with quote

Stephan Miller wrote:
This music is a revelation. Many of us knew Tau Moe only through the Brozman/Moe Family recording, and there's really no way to tell from that CD what a brilliant electric steel player he was. Baz, thanks for all the time that went into this impressive contribution.

Too true Stephan, there's simply no way of telling how good Tau was, by listening to THAT recording.. IMHO they suffered that particular endeavour purely for publicity purposes.
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Jeff Spencer


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 1:15 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for a great effort Basil. A great contribution to the world of steel

Jeff
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David Matzenik


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 2:49 pm     Reply with quote

basilh wrote:
Too true Stephan, there's simply no way of telling how good Tau was, by listening to THAT recording.. IMHO they suffered that particular endeavour purely for publicity purposes.

Basil, I know you like black and white evaluations so I will say you are just plain wrong about THAT recording. Also Tau made the initial contact with Brozman, I doubt at Tau's age he did it for publicity.
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basilh


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 3:01 pm     Reply with quote

OK David, maybe I was to obtuse, My words above were specific.....especially "suffered"..and "they"...
Not only Tau was involved, and the rest of the family did have a say..
I don't know about Tau making first contact with Brozman, I do know that Brozman's burlesquing and music hall flamboyant playing did nothing to showcase Tau's playing.
When I discussed the recording with Dorian she intimated that his involvement was "accommodated" for exposure reasons.

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Billy Tonnesen


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 3:13 pm     Reply with quote

I always thought Hawaiian music first migrated to the West Coast and branched out from there. Your post has been quite a revelation. It is greatly appreciated !
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basilh


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 3:13 pm     Reply with quote

David Matzenik wrote:
Also Tau made the initial contact with Brozman, I doubt at Tau's age he did it for publicity.


True David, but not looking to record with Brozman, just as Brozman says:-
Quote:
In 1986, I received a letter from Mr. Tau Moe, ordering one of my own albums.


Also, not so much for publicity but exposure for pecuniary and LDS reasons.

Throughout the 60's we were in touch and regularly met with the family, likewise with Bill and Mary Buysman, George de fretes, Bill Thoma, Joyce Aubrey and others, the European Hawaiian family was our family back then..
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David Matzenik


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Post Posted 1 Mar 2011 8:34 pm     Reply with quote

Basil, if you care to follow this up I would direct you to track 13 of the Album “Remembering The Songs Of Our Youth;” # Fort Street 1929 and 1988. It starts out with Tau playing on 1929 recording and then through some rumbles turns into a live recording of the family with BB. I think the two players are not all that different in style. If that was “burlesquing” (to use a Byrd-ism) then Tau didn’t seem to mind playing that way. But the live part of the track in 1988 reveals a great deal of enthusiasm by all present for that music especially from Rose who thanks everybody at the end. But then you say Bob was merely “accommodated” for exposure purposes! Oh, what a put down! Could Tau really have been that condescending toward Bob? Tau lost his National Tricone during the war. On his 80th birthday Bob Brozman presented him with a 1932 style 2 guitar very much like the one he had lost. As I understood it Bob and Tau were great friends, but I guess that’s show biz for you.
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basilh


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Post Posted 2 Mar 2011 10:04 am     Reply with quote

David, yes Tau is emulating the mid 20's stlyings, prompted to do so because of the instrument used and Bob's participation. His real love was the Electric Hawaiian Guitar, however maybe it better NOT to follow this up here.. I'll PM you with more details..
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