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Poi Dog
05-07-2008, 03:56 AM
I was just wondering...

How many FAMOUS people can you think of that play (or played) the ukulele? (Not including those that became famous because of the uke is what I'm getting at.)

Example:

Adam Sandler
http://graphics.ink19.com/issues/february2004/50Ukulele.jpeg

William H. Macy
http://zookulele.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/macy.jpg

Steve Martin - of course that's a banjo, duh... but he plays the uke too! LOL
http://www.poster.net/martin-steve/martin-steve-photo-steve-martin-6230663.jpg

Marilyn Monroe
http://home.comcast.net/~ukecat/catflat/uke2/Aug19monroe.jpg

hoosierhiver
05-07-2008, 04:39 AM
I know that Michael Myers has a uke.

Rubbertoe
05-07-2008, 05:06 AM
I'm not really into investment banking, but Warren Buffet also plays the uke (he begins his shareholder's meetings with it).

http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm71/rubbertoephotography/Warren_Buffet_presidente_Berkshire_.jpg

la_ingrit
05-07-2008, 05:22 AM
John Lennon:cool:


http://www.maniacworld.com/Ukulele-Beatles.jpg

JumpingPulgas
05-07-2008, 05:32 AM
via photoshop :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/EasT_StaR/barack2.jpg

UkeNinja
05-07-2008, 05:32 AM
How good would one have to be to "play" the ukulele? It is not unthinkable that a musician such as Lennon makes "more" out of his ukulele than the bank tyfoon, musically speaking.
It just reminded me of people who say that they "speak" a language, or the inevitable "how many languages do you speak" question here in Japan, while there is no exact measure except for the fact that certain people "speak" many languages up to a certain level. How many chords do an ukulele player make? Picking yes or no?

I don't know, that Buffet man just got me thinking. He must be confident enough to go on stage though, I mean stock is delicate matter. The Macy tune is kind of cute.

la_ingrit
05-07-2008, 05:50 AM
http://www.deejaysworld.net/Ukulele_files/image003.gif

LOL!!!!!!!! In Mexico is named: ANIMAL!!!!

wearymicrobe
05-07-2008, 06:05 AM
How good would one have to be to "play" the ukulele? It is not unthinkable that a musician such as Lennon makes "more" out of his ukulele than the bank tyfoon, musically speaking.
It just reminded me of people who say that they "speak" a language, or the inevitable "how many languages do you speak" question here in Japan, while there is no exact measure except for the fact that certain people "speak" many languages up to a certain level. How many chords do an ukulele player make? Picking yes or no?

I don't know, that Buffet man just got me thinking. He must be confident enough to go on stage though, I mean stock is delicate matter. The Macy tune is kind of cute.

Buffet is really good, he has been playing for years. I have a feeling he could put a few of us here on the site to shame.

Lanark
05-07-2008, 06:40 AM
The video shows Buffet strumming very ably along with the band without watching his fingers. He can play, but he sings like a banker...

I always figure if you can string three chords together you can play. maybe not well, but enough for a song or two. String together a 1-4-5 progression and you can play thousands of songs...

Anybody know what the ukulele make of choice is for the second richest man in the US?

la_ingrit
05-07-2008, 06:48 AM
SHIRLEY TEMPLE!!!!!!

http://www.audiomastermind.us/wp-content/images/shirley_ukulele.jpg

Rubbertoe
05-07-2008, 06:52 AM
The video shows Buffet strumming very ably along with the band without watching his fingers. He can play, but he sings like a banker...

I always figure if you can string three chords together you can play. maybe not well, but enough for a song or two. String together a 1-4-5 progression and you can play thousands of songs...

Anybody know what the ukulele make of choice is for the second richest man in the US?

I think I read somewhere that he plays an Oscar Schmidt.

UkeNinja
05-07-2008, 06:54 AM
edit: reply to post #8, you people react fast...

Yes, I did not imply that anyone was not good at playing. It's just that the posing pictures made me think that perhaps these people each have their reasons for holding that ukulele, but that passers-by will be judging them by how well they "play" or not.

Too late in this time zone to be philosophical though, sorry for the disturbance :)

la_ingrit
05-07-2008, 07:00 AM
edit: reply to post #8, you people react fast...

Yes, I did not imply that anyone was not good at playing. It's just that the posing pictures made me think that perhaps these people each have their reasons for holding that ukulele, but that passers-by will be judging them by how well they "play" or not.

Too late in this time zone to be philosophical though, sorry for the disturbance :)

No problem..this is a free forum...you can say what you want!!!!!!! :D

salukulady
05-07-2008, 08:00 AM
Buffet is really good, he has been playing for years. I have a feeling he could put a few of us here on the site to shame.Mr. Warren Buffett is a good friend of Jimmy Buffetts....Jimmy calls him Uncle Warren although they are not related, (Warren's wife had a DNA test done because they thought they might be). And by the way, it's Buffett with two T's.....And our own Jake tours frequently with Jimmy.....

Ukulele Dude
05-07-2008, 08:16 AM
Speaking of Warren Buffett, has everyone seen the DQ Uke? It's pretty 'sweet'....
http://www.davetalsma.com/Gallery28.htm

Buffett has one of two in existence, here's an article.

http://ukulelia.com/2008/05/dq-uke-is-buffetts-sunshine.html

Also, don't forget Joe Strummer, Eddie Vedder and George Harrison

Lanark
05-07-2008, 08:26 AM
I think I read somewhere that he plays an Oscar Schmidt.

Now I know the man has a wonderful reputation for modest living and frugality, but you'd think he might be willing to spring a little bit more for a better all around instrument. Maybe not a flashy custom job with all sorts of bells and whistles, but at least a decent solid wood one...

Also I was watching an old Warner Brothers cartoon podcast yesterday "the Case of the Missing Hare" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZaBSruTf48) and at the very very end just before the credits roll Bugs whips out a uke and strums bit.. (starts playing at 8:08)

tad
05-07-2008, 08:27 AM
How good would one have to be to "play" the ukulele? It is not unthinkable that a musician such as Lennon makes "more" out of his ukulele than the bank tyfoon, musically speaking.
It just reminded me of people who say that they "speak" a language, or the inevitable "how many languages do you speak" question here in Japan, while there is no exact measure except for the fact that certain people "speak" many languages up to a certain level. How many chords do an ukulele player make? Picking yes or no?

I don't know, that Buffet man just got me thinking. He must be confident enough to go on stage though, I mean stock is delicate matter. The Macy tune is kind of cute.

John Lennon was never that into the ukulele. Warren Buffet plays his pretty regularly, from what I understand.

So in that way, isn't Buffet *MORE* of a ukulele player than Lennon?
(Keep in mind, too, that John Lennon wasn't ever really known for his skill on guitar, either...)

tad
05-07-2008, 08:31 AM
I think I read somewhere that he plays an Oscar Schmidt.

That's what he seems to be playing in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7ovjjwyLPg).

Nuke-ulele
05-07-2008, 10:52 AM
Now I know the man has a wonderful reputation for modest living and frugality, but you'd think he might be willing to spring a little bit more for a better all around instrument. Maybe not a flashy custom job with all sorts of bells and whistles, but at least a decent solid wood one...

Also I was watching an old Warner Brothers cartoon podcast yesterday "the Case of the Missing Hare" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZaBSruTf48) and at the very very end just before the credits roll Bugs whips out a uke and strums bit.. (starts playing at 8:08)

That DQ Uke is his...it is a Talsma....a VERY well made custom only ukulele by the gifted luthier David Talsma. Dave's base price is 1000 or so and goes up from there as you choose bindng and options, etc. I spoke to him once about doing a black slothead tenor and it was going to be about 1800 or so...not the most expensive out there, but not th least either. Worth it, though. Gerald Ross play a Talsma...I have held that instrument and it is easily the finest ukulele I have ever held...and I have a full custom tenor Kanile'a. The DQs were a pair...one sold at auction and one for WB to keep.

http://www.davetalsma.com/index.htm

Nuke-ulele
05-07-2008, 10:54 AM
John Lennon was never that into the ukulele. Warren Buffet plays his pretty regularly, from what I understand.

So in that way, isn't Buffet *MORE* of a ukulele player than Lennon?
(Keep in mind, too, that John Lennon wasn't ever really known for his skill on guitar, either...)


George Harrison was the big ukulele fan in the Fab Four.

Plainsong
05-07-2008, 11:16 AM
How good would one have to be to "play" the ukulele? It is not unthinkable that a musician such as Lennon makes "more" out of his ukulele than the bank tyfoon, musically speaking.
It just reminded me of people who say that they "speak" a language, or the inevitable "how many languages do you speak" question here in Japan, while there is no exact measure except for the fact that certain people "speak" many languages up to a certain level. How many chords do an ukulele player make? Picking yes or no?

I don't know, that Buffet man just got me thinking. He must be confident enough to go on stage though, I mean stock is delicate matter. The Macy tune is kind of cute.

I know what you mean. I took a bunch of language courses and speak none of them. My husband officially speaks 4 languages, but three of those are fluent, like he doesn't even think about it. The 4th is not-so-much.

And I'm not nearly the level I'm used to with the uke. Usually I'd say that if I can't sight-read sheet music with it, then I can't play it, but if that's true, I can't play the uke. :(

I can't remember his name, but the guy from Dharma and Greg is a uke player. Also Andy Griffith had a National resonator on Matlock.

Pete Townsend used a uke in a song. As for John Lennon's guitar playing... sometimes making the best music doesn't mean you need the best skill on an instrument. It's one of those rules of music that is so easily broken by so many.

Howlin Hobbit
05-07-2008, 02:36 PM
I can't remember his name, but the guy from Dharma and Greg is a uke player.

His name is Thomas Gibson and I seem to remember a contest a few years back where the prize was a uke he'd autographed.


Also Andy Griffith had a National resonator on Matlock.

This is another of those IIRC moments but I believe that ol' Andy not only had it around on the set but could play the heck out of it too.

Lanark
05-07-2008, 04:22 PM
That DQ Uke is his...it is a Talsma....a VERY well made custom only ukulele by the gifted luthier David Talsma. Dave's base price is 1000 or so and goes up from there as you choose bindng and options, etc.

I guess the novelty aspect of a Dairy Queen ukulele kind of skews my perception of it's quality as a player. Plus that would be more a show piece than an every day kind of instrument to begin with. (Certainly I'll never afford that level of luthier for a custom build.)

I just kind of imagined Mr Buffet might have at least a nice old Martin to jam with regularly than an Oscar Schmidt...

Nuke-ulele
05-07-2008, 04:59 PM
I guess the novelty aspect of a Dairy Queen ukulele kind of skews my perception of it's quality as a player. Plus that would be more a show piece than an every day kind of instrument to begin with. (Certainly I'll never afford that level of luthier for a custom build.)

I just kind of imagined Mr Buffet might have at least a nice old Martin to jam with regularly than an Oscar Schmidt...

Sure, agreed. The only reason they did a DQ uke was because WB owned DQ. Most of Dave's ukes are not themed like that. (although he has done a few fun ones at customer requests) Of course, even that themed DQ uke probably sounds better that just about 99% of the ukulele population out there!

brokenwing
05-07-2008, 06:50 PM
J
(Keep in mind, too, that John Lennon wasn't ever really known for his skill on guitar, either...)
Depends on how you judge. Lennon played rhythm and did it very capably.

tad
05-07-2008, 07:59 PM
Depends on how you judge. Lennon played rhythm and did it very capably.

Tom Petty's also a pretty competent rhythm player. My point wasn't to denigrate rhythm players, more to say that rhythm players aren't usually the ones who are celebrated for their playing.

(I'm basically a rhythm uke player myself... It's more to my liking, and I don't think I have the dexterity to pull off brilliant picking/solos.)

degracia
05-11-2008, 11:02 AM
:cool: Will Smith

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4455/willoh2.png

ukulele-antihero86
05-11-2008, 11:25 AM
From what I heard, George Harrison gave Paul McCartney a uke and Paul learned to play it. Not sure if he plays it often though.

UkuleleHill
05-11-2008, 12:53 PM
:cool: Will Smith

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4455/willoh2.png

Watched the video and I never noticed him playing. Did I miss it?

degracia
05-11-2008, 04:55 PM
Watched the video and I never noticed him playing. Did I miss it?

lol, no. It's a pretty comedic video. I'm pretty sure he played the uke before/after the video though. He can't be holding it for no specific reason. I doubt he plays it on a basis, but I just wanted to show that my favorite actor actually held an uke. :p

JoeMikkPaulTopper11
06-13-2009, 06:57 AM
yup. joe played it before he played guitar.
haha.
gotta love the username XD

GrumpyOldMan
06-13-2009, 09:13 AM
A few weeks ago on TV Phil Jupitus gave Lauren Laverne a Ukulele lesson on a Ukulele given to him by Adrian Edmondson. Adrian Edmondson actually has a band now called Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Sheperds, a kind of Folky Punk band in which he plays Ukulele. I think it was Adrian Edmondson who did the Ukulele version of Teenage Kicks as the theme music for his series also called Teenage Kicks a while back.

Neil Innes and Doc Cox (Ivor Biggun) are also Ukulele players.

If you are not in the UK you've probably never heard of any of these people!!

Ian.

tuscadero
06-14-2009, 05:31 PM
Back to the initial thread,
Gina Gershon, Will.I.Am, Eddie Vedder, Molly Ringwald, and reportedly Neil Armstrong all play ukulele to varying degrees of success. Molly was inspired by watching Julia Nunes on YouTube.

Ukeology
06-14-2009, 05:45 PM
Check out

www.rockthatuke.com

Under "Behind the scenes", there is a link to "Tiny Ukers".

Most comprehensive list of ukulele players I've seen (and a bit of fun besides).

Also, the documentary is worth watching, IMHO.

Uke-lahoma
06-15-2009, 01:32 AM
Back to the initial thread,
Gina Gershon, Will.I.Am, Eddie Vedder, Molly Ringwald, and reportedly Neil Armstrong all play ukulele to varying degrees of success. Molly was inspired by watching Julia Nunes on YouTube.

Here is Neil Armstrong playing the uke while in isolation following his trip to the moon.

http://i632.photobucket.com/albums/uu42/bem_bucket/NeilArmstrong.jpg

RevWill
06-15-2009, 04:18 AM
Tony Danza fell in love with the uke when he had his talk show; Flukes and Fleas got some great exposure there.

Bette Midler

Tom Petty

Paul McCartney (played it as far back as Ram On)

KT Tunstall played uke on one of the tunes on Drastic Fantastic

Mia Farrow's character played a uke in Purple Rose of Cairo.

dave alexander
06-16-2009, 04:51 PM
Uke-lahoma: Thanks for the pic. Get this guys: the Man who first walked on the moon plays a uke. Forget about Adam Sandler and the the cover of the DVD for "50 First Dates," the man on the moon plays a uke.

Don't tell me we aren't cool.

There's a video of Paul at George Harrison's memorial. He told a quick story about playing ukes with George, then played. I can't find it on Youtube, but I came away from it thinking that he knew what he was doing.

I always thought "Honey Pie" was very much like a George Formby novelty song. There are very few non-novelty songs by Formby I think. The man couldn't help himself. That's a Lenon/McCartney composition, and I can't help but think Harrison/Lennon and MCartney knew and appreciated Formby's style. Don't know if there's any uke or banjo uke in it, but the song sounds like George F. (Slightly off topic, but it's late.)

gotrice415510
06-16-2009, 07:04 PM
when adam sandler sang forgetful lucy, he used a guitar.

Deadradio
07-18-2009, 05:05 AM
Warren Buffet loves the Uke and teaches children at the Boys and Girls club of Omaha how to play Uke. Heres is an interview of him on Boing Boing which is pretty funny. (BTW I am pretty sure he has UAS).

http://boingboing.net/2009/02/10/interview-with-warre.html

Bald Melon
04-11-2013, 06:37 AM
I think I read somewhere that he plays an Oscar Schmidt.

He also plays a Dave Talsma original:
http://www.ukulelia.com/2009/10/original-warren-buffett-autographed-dq.html
It was made as a fundraiser for Buffet's charity of choice: The Children's Miracle Network, which raises money through a partnership with Dairy Queen. The original was auctioned (for over $11,000), and then Talsma made one more as a gift for Buffett.

Bald Melon
04-11-2013, 06:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNKLvQq5bLY
Yes, George even attended George Formby fan club meetings and played with the group.

Ambient Doughnut
04-11-2013, 06:43 AM
Robert Lindsay...

(From UkeHunt)

http://ukehunt.tumblr.com/post/18063962725/ridesabike-robert-lindsay-ukuleles-a-bike



http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz8arq1KVl1qf6o97o1_500.jpg

DHutto
04-11-2013, 08:10 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNKLvQq5bLY
Yes, George even attended George Formby fan club meetings and played with the group.

He was even an honorary president of the George Formby society and member of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain

DHutto
04-11-2013, 08:12 AM
There's a video of Paul at George Harrison's memorial. He told a quick story about playing ukes with George, then played. I can't find it on Youtube, but I came away from it thinking that he knew what he was doing.



Here you go :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNKLvQq5bLY