I took my 5-year-old daughter to the M hockey exhibition against the University of Windsor on Sunday evening so excuse me if I missed this, as the only War Chant I recall is the one for Twizzlers and popcorn.  Brian at mgoblog:

Major plus points for playing Temptation—all of Temptation—and Hawaiian War Chant in the first intermission. The You Can’t Have One Without The Other duo is criminally underused across all Michigan sports and should be implemented whenever and wherever possible. Hopefully they continue that all season.

And props to Cook for employing the tag, “yost is not nam there are rules” on the post.

This note offers a good time to answer a recent question posed to me, just after the Indiana game.  Reader Doug Dewitt tossed in this question:

How did Temptation and Hawaiian War Chant become part of Michigan tradition?

After a fruitless Google search, I went to the authorities over at the Hoover Street Rag.   Thanks to Craig, Geoff, Jeremy and Gary, they posed the question to band historian Joseph Dobos who dropped some knowledge:

Jerry Bilik’s "Temptation" and "War Chant" were performed first as part of two different half time shows in the mid 1950s.  As is done now, highlights of half time shows were performed at postgame shows.  Both feature the percussion section and both were immediately popular with the members of the band and the public.   War Chant was first performed with a dance–one of George Cavender’s most imaginative creations.  The clarinets were to dance like "wild" Hawaiians on hot coals.

It should be noted that "Hawaiian War Chant" was performed around 1950 by the MMB in an arrangement by Jack Lee.  Besides "Temptation" and "Hawaiian War Chant", Jerry Bilik wrote several other percussion features:  "I Got Rhythm", "Pick Up Sticks", "Log-o-rhythms", "I’ve Got Hawaiian Temptation" (a weird combination of all three), and probably others that I cannot think of at the moment. 

None ever reached the acceptance as did "Temptation" and "Hawaiian War Chant.”  The phrase used by the announcer, "You can’t have one without the other…" was coined by Dan Spaulding, the MMB announcer before H. H. Hanson.  He said the phrase on the spot for a postgame show.

3 Comments

  1. I was in the student section for the 1957 Iowa game. It was nationally televised in COLOR. The half time show was Gene Krupa with the brass section of the Michigan band on a stage in front of the west side of the stadium near the students. They played Temptation and the War Chant. It was a classic half time show I will never forget. The game was great too. I can still see Jim Pace running for a touchdown. The game ended in a tie.

  2. I WAS THERE (MMB Trombone)

    HWC with Krupa was 1st performed at a fall 1957 game at the Big House

    one of a few memories from 52 years ago

  3. haha superfan is in my section. section 18 ALL DAY. the HOKE era has dawned. GO BLUE.