The Waikikis were a Belgian instrumental studio band that became famous in the U.S. and many other countries worldwide during the early-mid 1960s. They are best known for the colorful and whimsical "Hawaii Tattoo" (1964), an unusual take on Hawaiian music which opens with the "Taps" bugle call theme.
With management and promotion provided by record producer Horst Fuchs, The Waikikis released several Hawaiian Island-themed albums throughout the 1960s. They had their first chart hit in 1961 in Belgium with the Michael Thomas-penned "Hawaii Tattoo," which stayed on the charts for two months and soon after also became a big hit in Germany. (Michael Thomas was the pseudonym for Martin Bottcher, a highly acclaimed German composer, arranger, and conductor.)
The Waikikis later made their U.S. debut in 1964 with "Hawaii Tattoo," which became a Top 40 hit on the Pop/Rock charts and made the Adult Contemporary Top 10. This smash was followed by the more tranquil and evocative "Hawaii Honeymoon" (1965), a Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart hit. Other songs for which The Waikikis are well known include "Hawaiian March" which was used for the "Prince Paul's Bubble Party" track in the soundtrack to "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (2004).
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- Hawaii Tattoo 1964
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