Beyond the Reef

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"Beyond The Reef"
Song by Napua Stevens
Songwriter(s)Jack Pitman

"Beyond The Reef" is a song written by Canadian Jack Pitman in Hawaii in 1948. It was first performed by Hawaiian artist Napua Stevens in 1949.
Bing Crosby recorded the song a year later on September 5, 1950[1] and Crosby's recording reached No. 26 on the Billboard pop chart.[2]
Elvis Presley recorded his version of the song on 27 May 1966[3][4] but this recording was only released on a boxset in 1980/1.[5]
The Ventures also recorded the song[6] on their third album, Another Smash, in September 1961.[7]
George Greeley recorded an instrumental version of the song in 1960 on his Warner Bros.album, The Most Beautiful Music of Hawaii.
Andy Williams released a version on his 1959 album, To You Sweetheart, Aloha.
Vic Damone included the song on his 1962 album Strange Enchantment.[8]
Burl Ives included the song on his 1965 album On the Beach at Waikiki.[9]
Marty Robbins included the song on his 1957 album Song of the Islands.[10]

Although Pitman was living in Hawaii when he wrote it "Beyond the Reef" does not contain any Hawaiian language words or any mention of Hawaii.[11] It is a slow song in the key of C major with a 2-5-1 progression with D minor, G major and C major. It features the steel guitar as do many of the hapa-haole songs written during this period.


  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 112. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ Prigozy, Ruth; Raubicheck, Walter (November 2007). Going my way: Bing Crosby and American culture. University Rochester Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-58046-261-7. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  4. ^ David Neale (15 September 2003). Roots of Elvis. iUniverse. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-595-29505-0. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  5. ^ Cotten, Lee (1985). All shook up: Elvis day-by-day, 1954–1977. Pierian Press. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  6. ^ Halterman, Del (1 July 2009). Walk-Don't Run – The Story of the Ventures. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-557-04051-3. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Sandcastle V.I. – The Fabulous Ventures – U.S. Discography". Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Discogs,com". Discogs,com. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "". Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Hopkins, Jerry (February 2007). Aloha Elvis. Bess Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-57306-273-2. Retrieved 19 March 2011.

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