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Johnny Noble played a major part in the introduction and subsequent popularity of Hawaiian music in the United States. In his late teens, he began leading the house band at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the first major tourist hotel on Waikiki Beach, and many hotel guests went back to the States fondly remembering Noble's blend of native Hawaiian and society band music. Noble collected and published hundreds of Hawaiian songs, adapting them to the Western scale and contemporary instrumentation. After the introduction of broadcast radio in the U.S., Noble was enticed to the States, where he spent over ten years organizing shows with Hawaiian themes for radio and vaudeville theaters.
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