Wire recordings of Japanese performers in Sacramento, California (Collection LSC 2120)

Finding aid prepared by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Bachli, November 2012; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Wire recordings of Japanese performers in Sacramento, California
Collection number: LSC 2120
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft. (1 document box)
Date: ca. 1950
Abstract: Twelve wire recordings and corresponding digitized copies that contain portions of a variety of live concerts performed by Japanese and Japanese American musicians on tour in Sacramento, California in and around the year 1950. The recordings capture portions of small concerts performed by unidentified musicians, as well as live concerts of well known Japanese performers of the era, including Hibari Misora, Hamako Watanabe, Yoshiko Otaka (Shirley Yamaguchi), Ryoichi Hattori, Tomiko Hattori, Shizuko Kasagi, and Kawada Haruhisa.
Language of Materials: Japanese and English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Scope and Content

Twelve original wire recordings dated circa 1950, and corresponding digitized .WAV and .MP3 formatted audio files of the wire recordings. The recordings contain portions of a number of small concerts performed by unidentified musicians, as well as live concerts of well known Japanese performers of the era,including Hibari Misora, Hamako Watanabe, Yoshiko Otaka (Shirley Yamaguchi), Ryoichi Hattori, Tomiko Hattori, Shizuko Kasagi, and Kawada Haruhisa. Other Japanese and perhaps Japanese-American entertainers have not been identified, nor have the exact recording locations. For description purposes, each wire is assigned a number. All wire recordings are unique except for Wire Three and Wire Four, which are two copies of a Hibari Misora and Kawada Haruhisa concert. Sound quality varies from reel to reel, and many of the recordings are incomplete versions of the original concerts.

Biography/History

In 1950, Japanese musicians were permitted to travel overseas and perform in the United States for the first time since the end of World War II. Many artists traveled across the United States on concert tours that year, and were greeted by Japanese-American fans in cities including Honolulu, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The Wire Recordings of Japanese Performers in Sacramento, California capture a variety of these significant postwar concerts performed in the city during and around the year 1950. The earliest known provenance of the recordings is their purchase from a Sacramento antique market. Subsequently, the recordings were sold on eBay and purchased by the donor in August and September of 2008. The recordings were digitized into .WAV and .MP3 formats by the donor, who gifted both the analog and digital versions to UCLA Library Special Collections in November 2012.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Recordings were purchased by the donor, Dieter Hollander, on eBay in August and September of 2008. The materials were then digitized into .WAV and .MP3 formats and donated in November 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wire recordings of Japanese performers in Sacramento, California (Collection Number 2120). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Processing Information

Processed by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Bachli, November 2012.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the original order established by the donor. For description purposes, each wire is identified with a number. To expedite user access, the collection was minimally described.

Container List

Box 1, Item 1

Wire one. 1950 December 10.

Scope and Content

Begins with a short concert (approximately 17 minutes long) performed by unknown Japanese or Japanese-American artists on December 10, 1950 in Sacramento. The concert is followed by poorly recorded material and the end of the reel is unrecorded.
Box 1, Item 2

Wire two. circa 1950 December.

Scope and Content

Short concert, measured at approximately 20 minutes in length and performed by unknown Japanese or Japanese-American artists. The remainder of the reel is unrecorded. The wire reel box is labelled "Xmas Program."
Box 1, Item 3

Wire three. circa 1950 June.

Scope and Content

Concert, approximately 49 minutes in length, performed by Misora Hibari and Kawada Haruhisa on June 24 or 25, 1950. Hibari sings six songs including "Minato Chanson," "Hey Hey Boogie," "Kopekachiita," "Kanashiki Kuchibue," "Kappa Boogie," and "Boogie ni Ukarete." Haruhisa does a 20 minute comedy routine on Hawaii performances. The beginning and the end of the recording are abrupt, so it is most likely a partial recording of the concert. Wire Three contains the same content as Wire Four.
Box 1, Item 4

Wire four. circa 1950 June.

Scope and Content

Concert, approximately 49 minutes in length, performed by Misora Hibari and Kawada Haruhisa on June 24 or 25, 1950. Hibari sings six songs including "Minato Chanson," "Hey Hey Boogie," "Kopekachiita," "Kanashiki Kuchibue," "Kappa Boogie," and "Boogie ni Ukarete." Haruhisa does a 20 minute comedy routine on Hawaii performances. The beginning and the end of the recording are abrupt, so it is most likely a partial recording of the concert. Wire Four contains the same content as Wire Three.
Box 5, Item 5

Wire five. circa 1950 June.

Scope and Content

Second half of a partially recorded concert, approximately 27 minutes in length, performed by Misora Hibari and Kawada Haruhisa on either Jun 24 or 25, 1950. Kawada Haruhisa performs a comedy routine that includes jokes about Tokyo, and Misora Hibari performs "Shamisen Boogie," "Uta-iri Kanon-kyo," and "Buttons and Bows."
Box 1, Item 6

Wire six. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

Short concert, approximately 15 minutes long, performed by unknown Japanese or Japanese-American performers. The wire and audio content are in poor condition, and the wire recording case is labelled "not good."
Box 1, Item 7

Wire seven. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

Part of a concert performed by Hamako Watanabe, Kouta Katsutaro, Sato Keiko, and perhaps other unidentified singers. The recording ends abruptly after 15 minutes, and the remainder of the reel is unrecorded. Songs include "Any Yama Kage," "Nagasaki Ocho-san," "Oranada-bune," "Nagasaki no kane," and "Zuru-chin boy."
Box 1, Item 8

Wire eight. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

Concert performed by Yamaguchi Yoshiko (Shirley Yamaguchi) and a speech by Bert E. Geisreiter, Mayor of Sacramento (1950-1951). The recording is approximately 51 minutes in length.
Box 1, Item 9

Wire nine. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

The last performance of Ryoichi Hattori, Shizuko Kasagi and Tomiko Hattori's 1950 American tour. Songs performed include "Boogie Wookie Musume," "Kosame no oka," "Hakata Boogie Woogie," "Sakura Boogie Woogie," "Kaimono Boogie," "Bye Bye Shanghai," "Hey Hey Boogie," "Sekohan Musume," "Ginza Can Can Musume," and "Shamisen Boogie."
Box 1, Item 10

Wire ten. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

Partial concert recording, approximately 36 minutes long, of an unidentified female Japanese or Japanese-American performer. The program also includes a Japanese Spike Jones routine, Ted Mack's Amateur Hour segment, and two shamisen pieces. The remainder of the wire is unrecorded.
Box 11, Item 11

Wire eleven. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

Partial concert recording, approximately 17 minutes in length, performed by unidentified Japanese or Japanese-American singers, possibly the same unidentified performers captured in the other wire recordings. The exterior of the wire recording box is labelled "Kamuro."
Box 1, Item 12

Wire twelve. circa 1950.

Scope and Content

An "Artists Embassy" radio recital, approximately 25 minutes long. The show, hosted by Althya Youngman, features music from Japan including five performers, four sisters and one man.