Sterling Mossman

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A detective with the Honolulu Police Department by day, Sterling Mossman nightly captivated audiences in Honolulu's Barefoot Bar and later at New York's Hawaiian Room and the Waldorf Astoria, as well…
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A detective with the Honolulu Police Department by day, Sterling Mossman nightly captivated audiences in Honolulu's Barefoot Bar and later at New York's Hawaiian Room and the Waldorf Astoria, as well as at Miami's Fountainbleu. For this seemingly impossible duality, the Decca recording artist earned the nickname "Hula Cop."

Like fellow Honolulu nightclub clown Ed Kenney, Mossman combined impressive singing talent with hilarious comedy and novelty songs, many poking fun at Hawaii's multitude of ethnicities and idiosyncracies; Charles E. King's "The Pidgin English Hula" and "Holoholo Kaa (Step on the Gas)" are just two examples. Mossman followed in the tradition of Hawaii's best-known comedic musicians, such as Harry Owens and Hilo Hattie, and also paved the way for what would be called the "modern" style of Don Ho.