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Born in Austin, Texas, November 24th 1948, Dennis Gregory came out west at 4 years old in a covered 1950 Plymouth. His Marine Flyer, Congressman Dad and beautiful scholarly mother settled with Denny in Orange County, Southern Cal where he ran wild in the orange groves.

 

He grew up in the 60s surfing in Southern Cal - then in 1970 moved to Hawaii Island, founding the University of Hawaii Lit. Magazine. Soon, Denny became known for his literary railings in support of Hawaiian causes, and in 1978 he was named 'Poet Laureate of Hawaii' by the U of Hawaii President.

 

In the 70s he formed his first band, Denny and the Lava Brothers. He lived in the northern cal Wine Country awhile and after returning in the 90s with the same band, he was rocking all the parties in Puna - Southern Hawaii. With his ragged jungle-rock style and beautiful melodies, his album, "Sex, Drugs and Sushi Roll" was played island-wide on radio, making him a local celebrity; his songs always heralding Hawaiian and common man causes.

 

After traveling the world, signing on the streets of San Francisco, London, and far away Athens, Greece, Denny returned to his beloved Hawaii and after teaching English and publishing two novels, he hooked up with Producer/Musician John Smith (aka Johnny Sunshine) in Kona, Hawaii. With Johnny's wise guidance Denny G is fastly becoming a musical phenomena and television star all over the Big Island. His songs are deep and touching and his latest album, "Daybreak," released by Malolo Records, is his greatest gift of Aloha. Denny G's songs will sing Hawaii, love and beauty into your heart.

Eddie Would Go

©2010 Dennis Gregory

 

a good tradewind

a sailor's friend

on the Alenuihaha

sailing sea

feeling free

was the Hokule'a

was the Hokule'a

 

there were ten local men

navigators, strong and true

sails unfurled

to show the world

what brave Hawaiians could do

 

it was "hey hey hey"

the whole crew sailed away

it was "oh ho ho"

only one would go

only one would go

 

when out of nowhere

a blast of air

broke that mighty mast

the boat spun 'round

all about to drown

they knew they would not last

 

the brave crew of the Hokule'a

all seemed lost that night

when miles away on Lanai's shore

they saw a flickering light

they saw a flickering light

 

i know the captain - he did hear

a brave Hawaiian hero

it was stout, Eddie Aikau

saying, "hey captain, I'll go"

"hey captain, I'll go"

 

it was "hey hey hey"

the whole crew sailed away

it was "oh ho ho"

only Eddie would go

only Eddie would go

 

Eddie grabbed a ten foot board

and jumped right over the side

through giant waves

strong and brave

Eddie paddled toward that light

Eddie paddled toward that light

 

Eddie Aikau, as we all know now

paddled into the sky

Eddie's gone

but his spirit lives on

a spirit too strong to die

it was a spirit too strong to die

 

it was "hey hey hey"

the whole crew sailed away

it was "oh ho ho"

only Eddie would go

a true Hawiian hero

only Eddie would go

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Denny G - vocals, rhythm guitar

Johnny Sunshine - high-strung guitar

Eddie Would Go is featured on Denny G's album: Daybreak

Recorded at The Shire in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i & Rock Garden in Kealakekua, Hawai'i

Produced by John Malcolm Smith in Kealakekua, Hawai'i 

www.MaloloRecords.com

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