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19 November 1981, Torrance, California, United States
Aloha Keakua, Heimwee naar Insulinde
Tielman Brothers (1956 – 1969)
Decca Records, Mercury Records, Sam Sam Music, Hallmark Records, Omega
George de Fretes was a musician from Indonesia who found fame in the Netherlands. Like his fellow countrymen Ming Luhulima and Rudi Wairata, he found sizable popularity in the Netherlands and Europe playing Hawaiian music.
He came from Maluku Islands, Indonesia and was born 23 December 1921 in Bandung. He was married to Joyce Aubrey and together they had a daughter Wanda who was born in Bandung, Indonesia in 1946. She like her musical parents also would become a recording artist. By 1952, de Fretes and Aubrey had divorced and she had moved to the Netherlands taking their daughter Wanda with her. Aubrey joined the The Mena Moeria Minstrels as their singer. The group was headed by Ming Luhulima. It is believed that George de Fretes stowed away on a ship called the Johan Barneveldt and arrived in the Netherlands around 1958.
He died on 19 November 1981. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery, Los Angeles County, California. He is buried next to his idol Sol Hoʻopiʻi.
George de Fretes was a multi instrumentalist. In addition to the stell guitar, he also played guitar, violin, trumpet and saxophone. He became a popular artist in the Netherlands, and like Luhulima had gained his fame there. Along with Luhulima he was responsible for the Portuguese style or genre of music in the Netherlands called Kroncong becoming well known. He is also credited with teaching Rudi Wairata techniques on the steel guitar.
In 1960, he released an EP record on the Fontana label that featured the song "Ou' OelateZ". Besides himself, the record featured Joyce Aubrey and Bill Toma on vocals. In 1966, he joined the Tielman Brothers for period of time and went on tour with them. Also in 1966, he recorded an album with Frank Valdor. Later he left to settle in the United States permanently. Around 1970, 1971, Hula Girl was released on the Eclipse label. This was actually a re-release of an earlier album, Aloha Keakua that was released on the Omega label.
In September 2010, his daughter Wanda took a trip from California to the third Chanos International Steel Guitar Festival aka CISGF which was held in Chanos-Curson, France. She was there to receive a posthumous European Steel Guitar Hall of Fame award for her father.George de Fretes
George de Fretes - Krontjong Nusantara - Decca 6861 050
George de Fretes - Indonesian Folklore - Decca XBY 846 519
The Royal Hawaiian Minstrels
George de Fretes & His Royal Hawaiian Minstrels – Hawaiian Paradise - Decca – NP 356 001
George de Fretes and his Royal Hawaiian Minstrels – Aloha Keakoa - Omega 333 075
Royal Hawaiian Minstrels O.l.v. George de Fretes met zang van: Wanda, Sita en de Samoa Voices - Royal Hawaiian Minstrels O.l.v. George de Fretes met zang van: Wanda, Sita en de Samoa Voices - Iris Records 15042
George de Fretes En Zijn Suara Istana
George de Fretes En Zijn Suara Istana – Heimwee Naar Insulinde - Decca 625 372 QL - (1966)
George de Fretes
George de Fretes - Heimwee Naar Insulinde - Decca 834480-2 - (1988) (compact disc)
The Royal Hawaiian Minstrels
The Royal Hawaiian Minstrels Conducted by George de Fretes With The Samoa Voices – Beautiful Hawaii: The Most Beautiful Hawaiian Songs - PMF Records – 90 533-2 - (1991) (compact disc)
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