Robert Alexander Anderson died in Honolulu on Memorial Day 1995, a week short of his 101st birthday. His was a life that spanned a turbulent period, but the facts of his life are no more remarkable than the graces, his longevity no more notable than his achievements. Many a man living half as long and serving half as well would count his life a triumph.
He was the pied piper of Hawaii, the man who wrote the songs that came to represent Hawaii in many parts of the world and whose music is heard today in distant places as well as his beloved islands.
Anderson wrote more than two hundred songs during his lifetime - each out of love for the islands. As a successful businessman, he never had to write for money. He was a man for whom the word "community" denoted not only a place but also the people of that place and their needs.
Among his best known songs are
"Lovely Hula Hands", "I'll Weave A Lei Of Stars For You"
and "Mele Kalikimaka."Excerpts from:
The Life and Music of
R. Alexander Anderson"
by Scott C. S. Stone
Published by and Available through
Island Heritage Publishing
Selected Albums Featuring the Songs of R. Alex Anderson
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R. Alex Anderson:
Famous Songs Of Hawaii
Composed by R.Alex Anderson.
For voice and piano (ukulele or guitar).
Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook.
With leadsheet notation (chords and melody), lyrics, guitar chord diagram chart,
hula illustrations (with interpretations) and
World. 96 pages. 9x12 inches.
Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.1121025)
Original Sheet Music Covers
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Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and Museum Honoree