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Sweet Leilani

"Sweet Leilani"
Single by Bing Crosby
B-side "Blue Hawaii"
Released 1937
Format 78 rpm
Recorded February 22, 1937[1]
Genre Hawaiian / Popular
Label Decca Records 1175
Writer(s) Harry Owens
With Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians
"Sweet Leilani" is a song featured in the 1937 film, Waikiki Wedding. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[2] and Bing Crosby's record became one of the biggest hits of 1937.[3][4]

Harry Owens wrote the song on October 20, 1934 for his daughter Leilani, who was born the previous day. Leilani is a popular Hawaiian name, meaning "heavenly garland of flowers" (not "heavenly flower"). It also has a figurative meaning: Small Hawaiian children were carried on their parents' shoulders like a lei (garland), so the name took on the meaning "heavenly child."

Prior to Waikiki Wedding, the song had been recorded by Sol Hoʻopiʻi under the title "Leilani" as the B-side of "Hawaiian Honeymoon" (Brunswick Records 55085).[5][6]

Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiians performed "Sweet Leilani" in the 1938 film Cocoanut Grove starring Fred MacMurray.[7]


  • Other versions 1
    • Albums 1.1
    • Selected compilations 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Other versions

"Sweet Leilani" became a standard of popular and Hawaiian music, easy listening, and to some extent jazz; and has occasionally been performed by country and rock artists. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive:


and also Bing Crosby covered Sweet Leilani

Selected compilations

  • Elton Britt, Country Music's Yodelling Cowboy Crooner, Vol. 2 (2007)[47]
  • Martin Denny, Bachelor in Paradise: The Best of Martin Denny (1996)[48]
  • Cliff Edwards ("Ukelele Ike"), Singing in the Rain (1995)[49]
  • Benny Goodman, The Essential Benny Goodman (2007)[50]
  • The Platters, Four Platters and One Lovely Dish (1994)[51]
  • Don Redman, 1936–1939 (1991)[52]


  1. ^ Decca 1000–1500 Numerical Listing 1175
  2. ^
  3. ^ Songs from the Year 1937
  4. ^ Allmusic "Sweet Leilani" Bing Crosby with music sample
  5. ^ Brunswick 55000 series – The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project 55085
  6. ^ Hulapages: The Covers: 1930–39 1936, "Leilani."
  7. ^ Cocoanut GroveInternet Movie Database:
  8. ^ Capitol Album Discography, Part 1: The 78-rpm Albums: 1 to 149 A-4
  9. ^ Capitol Album Discography, Part 2: The 10" Albums: 150 to 299 H-166
  10. ^ Allmusic "Sweet Leilani" Harry Owens with music sample
  11. ^ Rosemary Clooney Review with music sampleRing Around Rosie/Hollywood's BestAllmusic
  12. ^ Review with music sampleEddie Fisher Sings Academy Award Winning Songs/Sings Irving Berlin/Broadway ClassicsAllmusic
  13. ^ Frank Chacksfield Review with music sampleSouth Sea Island Magic/In the Mystic EastAllmusic
  14. ^ Capitol Records Discography, Continued T 808, p. 14.
  15. ^ The King Sisters with music sampleAlohaAllmusic
  16. ^ Allmusic "Sweet Leilani" Marty Robbins with music sample
  17. ^ with music sampleHawaiian Sunset: The Sounds of Arthur LymanAllmusic
  18. ^ Lure of ParadiseDiscogs André Kostelanetz –
  19. ^ André Kostelanetz with music sampleThe Lure of France/The Lure of ParadiseAllmusic
  20. ^ Lovers' LuauDiscogs Les Paul & Mary Ford –
  21. ^ Les Paul & Mary Ford Review with music sampleLover's LuauAllmusic
  22. ^ Blue HawaiiDiscogs Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra –
  23. ^ Billy Vaughn Review with music sampleSail Along Silv'ry Moon/Blue HawaiiAllmusic
  24. ^ Andy Williams Review with music sampleTo You Sweetheart, AlohaAllmusic
  25. ^ In a Hawaiian ParadiseDiscogs 101 Strings –
  26. ^ 101 Strings Orchestra Review with music sampleRomantic Songs of the SeaAllmusic
  27. ^ Love TideDiscogs Nelson Riddle –
  28. ^ Nelson Riddle with music sampleSea of Dreams/Love TideAllmusic
  29. ^ Percy Faith – Original Albums, American Serenade
  30. ^ Allmusic "Sweet Leilani" Percy Faith with music sample
  31. ^ with music sampleOn the Beach at WaikikiBurl Ives – Discography:
  32. ^ Burl Ives Review with music sampleA Little Bitty Tear: The Nashville Years 1961–1965Allmusic Disc 5, Track 19.
  33. ^ Roberto Delgado ReviewBlue HawaiiAllmusic
  34. ^ Henry Mancini Review with music sampleThe Academy Award SongsAllmusic
  35. ^ RCA Victor Discography LSP-6013
  36. ^ with chart and music sampleRay Conniff's Hawaiian AlbumAllmusic
  37. ^ – Rate Your MusicPearly Shells from HawaiiAlbums by The Waikikis:
  38. ^ Hawaii's Greatest HitsDiscogs Don Ho –
  39. ^ Don Ho with music sampleHawaii's Greatest HitsAllmusic
  40. ^ Roland Cazimero with music sampleWaikiki's Greatest Hits, Now!Allmusic
  41. ^ Chris Isaak Review with chart and music sampleBaja SessionsAllmusic
  42. ^ Dennis PavaoSweet LeilaniAllmusic
  43. ^ Ray Anthony with music sampleDream Dancing in HawaiiAllmusic
  44. ^ Daniel Ho with music sampleHawaiian ClassicsAllmusic
  45. ^ Sonny Rollins Review with music sampleThis Is What I DoAllmusic
  46. ^ Teresa Bright with music sampleTropic RhapsodyAllmusic
  47. ^ Elton Britt with music sampleCountry Music's Yodelling Cowboy Crooner, Vol. 2Allmusic
  48. ^ Review with chartsBachelor in Paradise: The Best of Martin DennyAllmusic
  49. ^ Cliff Edwards with music sampleSinging in the RainAllmusic
  50. ^ Review with music sampleThe Essential Benny GoodmanAllmusic
  51. ^ The Platters with music sampleFour Platters and One Lovely DishAllmusic Disc 7, Track 24.
  52. ^ Don Redman Review with music sample1936–1939Allmusic

External links

  • About the song
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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