Death of Sam Ku West, 1930.

DIES IN PARIS

Sam Ku West of Honolulu, noted player of the guitar and harp, who is dead at Paris, France.

SAM KU WEST, HAWAII HARPIST, DIES IN FRANCE

Honolulu Boy, Famed For Guitar and Harp Music, Succumbs To Long Illness

(Associated Press by Wireless)

PARIS, Sept. 9.—Sam Ku West, a Honolulu harp and guitar player, died Sunday in the American hospital here after a long illness. He was 23 years old. Continue reading

Solos on two steel guitars at the same time, 1928.

SAM KU WEST FEATURED ON NEW PALACE PROGRAM

Sam Ku, professionally known in other parts of the world as Sam Ku West, and his accompanying artists will make their initial appearance in the Volcano City tonight at the New Palace theater in conjunction with the motion picture program featuring “Wallflowers.” Two and one half years ago, Sam left Honolulu, an unknown music boy for a tour of the Orient. Today he is back from New York as the only concert harpist of his race, acknowledged as one of the foremost steel guitar players of the world. His original idea of playing solos on two steel guitars at the same time, easily put him in a class by himself as a steel guitar artist. Continue reading