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Hippie Guy
02-28-2008, 12:42 PM
Here is a small list of mainstream musicians who have played the 'ukulele at some point in their career.

Hopefully you guys know of more than the four artists I have listed and can help add to the list.

Jimi Hendrix
George Harrison
Johnny Winter
Brian May

tori8984
02-28-2008, 02:45 PM
I had read somewhere that George Harrison liked to play ukulele and he would drag three or four of them around with him so that when he was visiting friends they could sit and play songs. Paul McCartney said to him why do you keep buying ukuleles for me as presents, this is the third one you have given me. George said if you have your own ukulele then I wont have to keep draging extra ones around for you to use, you can just go get your own.

UKESTAR
02-28-2008, 02:49 PM
Here is a small list of mainstream musicians who have played the 'ukulele at some point in their career.

Hopefully you guys know of more than the four artists I have listed and can help add to the list.

Jimi Hendrix
George Harrison
Johnny Winter
Brian May

Eddie Vedder
Jack Johnson

drubin
02-28-2008, 04:49 PM
Not mainstream exactly, but Zach Condon of Beirut; they're one of the reasons I was inspired to begin playing ukulele! Amazing music. :D

dnewton2
02-28-2008, 05:12 PM
Also not really mainstream, but Zach Gill from ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) and part of Jack Johnsons regular band plays.

Hippie Guy
02-28-2008, 05:55 PM
Nice, keep the names coming...

IamRobbyah
02-28-2008, 06:37 PM
not so mainstream, but he's that "bubbly" chic's lead guitar -- justin young from HI. watched them perform not too long ago

acabooe
02-29-2008, 06:09 AM
I don't know if he is really a musician, or just likes to play around, but William H. Macy likes to play Ukulele.

Acabooe:cool:

RavenSeven
02-29-2008, 06:24 AM
One of my personal faves, Elvis Costello, plays the uke. Here's a video of him playing one on Craig Kilborn.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFZx-lsbxqI

It's a beautiful song that I'd love to figure out some day!

diezo808
03-04-2008, 07:01 AM
i remember seeing a commercial that Kurt Cobain's first instrument was an "electric red ukulele" from his uncle or something.

Ukulele Dude
03-04-2008, 08:20 AM
Don't forget the aptly named Joe Strummer from the Clash.

mcarreon89
03-04-2008, 12:23 PM
i remember seeing a commercial that Kurt Cobain's first instrument was an "electric red ukulele" from his uncle or something.

SUPERTIGHT

tad
04-07-2008, 08:06 PM
Stephen Merritt from the Magnetic Fields, Gothic Archies, etc.
Harry Nilson, I believe.
Scatman Crothers

John Glenn isn't a musician, but he's someone your grandma would recognize.

And let's not forget that the old-timers WERE mainstream:
Roy Smeck
Ukulele Ike
Arthur Godfrey

SnakeOiler
04-08-2008, 03:55 AM
Here's a few...

Pete Townsend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqWP7uDsjPo)

Paul and George (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs)

SnakeOiler
04-08-2008, 03:58 AM
Here's Eddie Vedder playing an electric Uke. Too many face close ups, not enough Uke shots
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EcqAkKDffw&feature=related

redsedge
04-08-2008, 05:06 AM
Don't forget the legendary Joe Brown.

Buddy McCue
05-18-2009, 11:02 PM
Syd Barrett and Joni Mitchell both played ukulele.

I was surprised to see Hendrix at the top of this list; somehow I never imagined him playing one. I wonder if he ever set fire to a uke?:rolleyes:

hoosierhiver
05-19-2009, 05:24 AM
Steven Stills

ambrose
05-19-2009, 05:32 AM
Got this from Cosmos. Steve Marriott of Humble Pie playing 6 string uke or taropatch or something or other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Uf7Ycjt-o

Roy Jovero
05-19-2009, 08:53 AM
Surprised no one said Jason Mraz yet.

Captain Google
05-19-2009, 08:58 AM
Surprised no one said Jason Mraz yet.

Or Jonathan Coulton.

Roy Jovero
05-19-2009, 08:59 AM
Apparently will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame plays as well.
http://abc.net.au/news/features/img/Artsblog/20061127ukulele_blog.jpg

Lanark
05-19-2009, 10:43 AM
In LoudQuietLoud the documentary about the Pixies reunion, Frank Black/Black Francis plays a couple of different ones on the tour bus.

freedive135
05-19-2009, 10:56 AM
Hank Williams Sr.

A store in Vegas has one signed by him for sale @ 9500$ and the prick wouldn't let me take a picture of it.

Dick Dale got his start on one too.

Jimmy
05-19-2009, 11:31 AM
Joe Strummer plays.

pithaya9
05-19-2009, 06:02 PM
Sammy Hagar. Maui Wowie the song that made me want to learn how to play the 'ukulele.

carpekd
05-19-2009, 06:10 PM
check this list out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ukulele_musicians

Myala509
05-19-2009, 11:54 PM
check this list out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ukulele_musicians
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* Imua Garza (Opihi Pickers)
* Arthur Godfrey
* Aldrine Guerrero
:shaka: His page was deleted though. Someone make another.

dberlin
05-20-2009, 02:26 AM
I've seen a short Clip on ARTE TV where Manu Chao played and sang along with the Ukulele... that was awesome.

Zakulele
05-20-2009, 03:25 AM
The band Bishop Allen.

gheepn
05-20-2009, 09:52 AM
When you click on Aldrine's name in wiki this is what you get now.

Did you mean: Alwine Ferrero


How funny is that..

hoosierhiver
05-20-2009, 10:07 AM
Greg Hawkes of The Cars

http://www.greghawkesmusic.com/