Friday, May 12, 2017

Marine MambĂ­ (Johnny Dynamite)

The world premiere of A Captain Unafraid is going to be in Havana at an E.U. run "European Film Festival." The festival runs from the 1st to the 11th of June and I'll be in situ to mark the occasion. Here's the music video of the song that started the whole thing in motion! Coincidentally, it's the one hundred anniversary of Dynamite Johnny O' Brien's death on June 20th. I'll be in N.Y. then, more on that later.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


The song "O' Brien is Trying to Learn to talk Hawaiian" was number one in the charts in January of 1917. Dynamite Johnny O' Brien died in June of that year. I use this version of the song by Horace Wright in my documentary film "A Captain Unafraid, the Story of Dynamite Johnny O' Brien." I like to imagine Johnny heard the song in the few months before he died!

Unfortunately, the tune doesn't appear in the actual cd soundtrack due to copyright. I do sing the song to myself on occasion, not surprising, it goes quite well on ukelele! Have a listen here to Horace Wright...