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Jim Yates
04-03-2015, 06:41 AM
Another thread, posted by Greenie44, shows a famous uke player, Francis Ford Coppola, who gained his fame in another genre. Rather than hi-jack his thread, I thought it best to start a new one. I wonder how many of these we can find.
I'll start. While this guy did gain fame for his music, he is not generally considered a ukulele player.
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janeray1940
04-03-2015, 07:04 AM
A few pretty well-known ones: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell.

Uke Republic
04-03-2015, 07:08 AM
Matlock with Randy Travis Solving mysteries and playing ukulele :)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spqy4a9WQcQ

Gillian
04-03-2015, 07:13 AM
Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, Peter Sellers...

Gary52
04-03-2015, 08:15 AM
Warren Buffett

gtomatt
04-03-2015, 08:56 AM
Neil Armstrong

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vanflynn
04-03-2015, 09:59 AM
Lucille Ball


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQsnlY2gcUc

Jim Yates
04-03-2015, 10:51 AM
Great to see Lucy. I wonder how good this guy is.
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Jim Yates
04-03-2015, 10:55 AM
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Tom Rush got his start playing the ukulele. Here's Tom with the uke and his childhood buddy Sherlock.

sukie
04-03-2015, 12:13 PM
William H. Macy.
Bette Midler

Nickie
04-03-2015, 12:18 PM
Billionaire Warren Buffett

Jim Yates
04-03-2015, 02:24 PM
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Recognise these gals?

turtledrum
04-03-2015, 02:30 PM
Eddie Vedder

Nickie
04-03-2015, 04:03 PM
Oops, how the heck did I miss that Mr Buffett had already been mentioned here? I know, I'll blame it on the brain fog I've been if for three days now.....
guess I'll have to come up with another name.....being that I'm now disqualified!

vanflynn
04-03-2015, 04:17 PM
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Recognise these gals?

Are these players or props? Greta looks like playing a proper G chord!

Booli
04-03-2015, 05:24 PM
Pierce Brosnan (as seen on the Kamoa web site)

http://www.kcuke.com/celebs/brosnan_pierce.jpg

kohanmike
04-03-2015, 05:30 PM
Might as well repeat the one I posted on the Greenie's thread; the previous mayor of Beverly Hills rehearsing his uke performance at the 100th Anniversary of Beverly Hills, John Mirisch (of the film producer Mirisch family).

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Mirsch ukulele.jpg

mds725
04-03-2015, 05:35 PM
A few pretty well-known ones: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell.

You can include John Lennon with his bandmates.

spookelele
04-03-2015, 05:47 PM
Baz has a pretty long list

http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/famous-ukulele-players.html

janeray1940
04-03-2015, 05:53 PM
You can include John Lennon with his bandmates.

Thanks for that, I wasn't entirely sure and didn't have time to look it up earlier! I knew he played banjo... and there's a photo of him out there holding a plastic "toy Beatles guitar" AKA plastic uke, but I wasn't certain if he actually played.

Luke El U
04-03-2015, 10:47 PM
A few pretty well-known ones: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell.

...and you can include Roger Daltrey with his band mate.

Phluffy the Destroyer
04-03-2015, 10:55 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iy0jnL3NDQ

Phluffy the Destroyer
04-03-2015, 10:58 PM
Oh... how about Bill Mace


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJHMad1ZsM

janeray1940
04-04-2015, 04:50 AM
...and you can include Roger Daltrey with his band mate.

Whoa. I had no idea; I always thought of BR&G as a Townshend song!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zcEAZz84Bs

Luke El U
04-04-2015, 07:53 AM
Whoa. I had no idea; I always thought of BR&G as a Townshend song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zcEAZz84Bs

Yeah, there's a YouTube video or two of Daltrey playing BR&G, or at least trying to, on a solo tour of his.
Townshend's original version is one of my favorite uke songs.

janeray1940
04-04-2015, 09:46 AM
Yeah, there's a YouTube video or two of Daltrey playing BR&G, or at least trying to, on a solo tour of his.
Townshend's original version is one of my favorite uke songs.

Ha ha, "trying to" :) It's one of my favorite songs, period! But I have to admit that when By Numbers came out when I was a kid, I ignored in, preferring instead to blast Slip Kid or Squeezebox with the volume turned up to 11... when I started playing uke in my 40s, I rediscovered it and fell hard.

Doc_J
09-27-2015, 03:45 PM
Found out today that the first instrument Jimmy Hendrix played was an ukulele.

stevejfc
09-28-2015, 03:00 AM
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne

k0k0peli
09-28-2015, 05:59 AM
At the risk of seeming curmudgeonly, I'll suggest that too many names on the list are too easy. I mean, for a guitarist to pick up an 'uke ain't no big thang, y'know? A 'proper' list would contain names of 'ukesters who did NOT have string-instrument-oriented performance careers. Mick Jagger is known as a singer but he also plays guitar -- if he picks up an 'uke, does than make him an 'ukester? Astronauts, financiers, politicians, engineers, models, directors -- these are all fine. The rest are trivial IMHO.

Let the hatemail commence.

kohanmike
09-28-2015, 08:25 PM
A 'proper' list would contain names of 'ukesters who did NOT have string-instrument-oriented performance careers.

I tend to agree with this. Before I started playing uke a little over 2 years ago, I played guitar for almost fifty years and it really wasn't much of a transition, took me maybe three or four hours to get comfortable. A couple weeks later I was attending the Los Angeles Music Center Summer Ukule-Along seminars.

coolkayaker1
09-29-2015, 01:12 AM
SpongeBob SquarePants

andylama
09-29-2015, 11:23 AM
Around 10 years ago, I saw John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame) live, and he played at least one song entirely on uke. I seem to remember him playing an old-timey whimsical English song about picnicking in the countryside or somesuch. That surprised me greatly, as I had previously only known him for being in led Zeppelin, a band not famous for whimsy.