• Mel Calvin & The Kokonuts (Kaimuki, Honolulu, HI)


    Personnel :

    Mel Cabang "Mel Calvin" (Lead)

    Paul Texeira

    Discography :

    Mel Calvin & The Kokonuts
    1962 - I Love You / My Mummy (Bertram International 215)

    The Tilton Sisters & The Kokonuts
    1960 - Put Your Arms Around Me Honey / He Knows (not them) (Bertram International 217)

    Biography :

    Comedian, singer, actor, Mel Cabang, aka the Legend in Hawaii and Uncle Mel is also known in 1962 as Mel Calvin.  Mel was born on the big island of Hawaii and graduated high school in 1960, later receiving a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in psychology.

    Mel Calvin & The Kokonuts
    Bob Bertram with The Tilton Sisters (Muriel and Gwen Tilton)  (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    He wanted to teach music but ended up being a musician in his own first band under the name of Mel Calvin & the KoKonuts with some Kaimuki boys. They cut one single for Bertram "I Love You" b/w "My Mummy"  and backed the Tilton Sisters on "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey " . Bertram owned several labels, including Lariat, whose artists included Joe Maphis, Polynesian (which released hula records aimed at the tourist trade) and Bertram International, which recorded rock & roll.

    Songs :

    Mel Calvin & The Kokonuts

    I Love You                                          My Mummy

    The Tilton Sisters & The Kokonuts

    Put Your Arms Around Me Honey



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