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bazmaz
11-08-2010, 11:06 PM
Hi folks

My blog has now published 6 editions of "Famous Ukulele players", and I am running out of new ideas.

The idea behind the posts was to show to new comers who are considering the uke just what a wide spread of players it has - I mean - who knew - Neil Armstrong?

Plus on the cool factor we have people like the Beatles (obviously) but also Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer

Past editions are here http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/search/label/famous

If anyone has any pictures of other famous players that I havent included, please get in touch!

(ps - when I say famous, I mean people you wouldnt necessarily associate with the uke - not looking for pictures of Jake - as fab as he is)

Thanks

JimmyRoberts
11-08-2010, 11:44 PM
Great compilation of uke players, Paul!

Here's one I didn't see on the list:

Pete Townshend
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/qErB4BEKa0M/0.jpg

http://movingspaceproductions.com/index.php?key=atticjam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOiOgqHEUuI&feature=related

bazmaz
11-08-2010, 11:46 PM
Hey thanks

Tio_Trotsky
11-09-2010, 12:09 AM
Theres always Eddie Vedder.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg5kmQ-cals&p=927FAB543E900814&playnext=1&index=2

Tio_Trotsky
11-09-2010, 12:14 AM
Or if your not only looking at musicians. William H Macy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmQ6YeRPa4s

bazmaz
11-09-2010, 12:21 AM
Thanks guys - got eddie for next edition, already got William H Macey, sorry

Thats the spirit though

I hear tell that Griff Rhys Jones (British tv bloke) plays, but cant find a picture.

Holy grail of cool would be finding somebody like Bob Marley with a uke

Pukulele Pete
11-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Warren Buffett ?

bazmaz
11-09-2010, 12:49 AM
Yep - he is coming next edition

Hippie Dribble
11-09-2010, 01:32 AM
Or if your not only looking at musicians. William H Macy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmQ6YeRPa4s

ooooh! How good was William H. Macy :rofl::biglaugh:hahahahaha....made me laugh out loud. Many thanks for posting Tio!!!

fitncrafty
11-09-2010, 01:38 AM
ooooh! How good was William H. Macy :rofl::biglaugh:hahahahaha....made me laugh out loud. Many thanks for posting Tio!!!

That was pretty good, I must say.. I laughed out loud myself!! Too funny to roast his co-stars on Oprah... Was probably fun to film that
movie too!

Cokecan72
11-09-2010, 02:31 AM
I didn't notice this fellow in the line up ?? One of the greatest songs for the ukulele i think..
Brian May from queen and his ukulele banjo, which as he says is neither a ukulele or a banjo, so i dont know if this counts.. But to me its a ukulele orientented enough, by which i mean i play this on my uke exactly the same way :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POsOP3TF-XY

Keep on strummin

Chris Tarman
11-09-2010, 10:09 AM
Yep... I was going to suggest Brian May, too!

bazmaz
11-09-2010, 10:21 AM
The Brian May call is superb- cant believe I missed it thus far. Thanks!

olgoat52
11-09-2010, 11:16 AM
Or if your not only looking at musicians. William H Macy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmQ6YeRPa4s

He's a woodturner too. He did an interview with Finewoodworking Mag. in the last year or so.

olgoat52
11-09-2010, 11:33 AM
FWIW. youtube for Warren. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7ovjjwyLPg&feature=related

Chris Tarman
11-09-2010, 01:18 PM
He's a woodturner too. He did an interview with Finewoodworking Mag. in the last year or so.

Wow. I knew he played ukulele (although I was surprised when I originally learned it)... is there anything he CAN'T do????

itsme
11-09-2010, 01:23 PM
Taylor Swift


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV9FY2PRsSM

EDIT: Oh, and Craig T. Nelson was mentioned here before.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31086-craig-nelson-plays-uke

Chris Tarman
11-09-2010, 02:13 PM
Taylor Swift


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV9FY2PRsSM

EDIT: Oh, and Craig T. Nelson was mentioned here before.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31086-craig-nelson-plays-uke

Ok... I'm a 45 year old bass player who listens to all sorts of good music (although not a lot of new country). I can't stand all the Britney-type manufactured singers. But I find myself REALLY liking Taylor Swift. Is that wrong?

TCK
11-09-2010, 02:58 PM
Yes it is Chris ;)
Um- I guess my head goes straight to the old stuff usually, but shouldn't George Formby, Roy Schmeck and Cliff Edwards be on there?
Another lesser known oldie- Tessie O'Shea (every bit the banjo Uke player George was)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBXihp2cbEI
Greg Hawkes (of the Cars- oh I am dating myself now)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K54w1GwfA-w&feature=player_embedded
and some silly ones-
Tony Danza...was he an actor? Not by the strict definition
http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Tony+Danza+Prepares+Italian+Feast+Cast+Producers+7 dWvujOSN5dl.jpg

TCK
11-09-2010, 02:59 PM
A few more...

a great shot of DOris Day playing...but it is on another Uke blog
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jwkeSCKCqpE/SSDhuW3HRFI/AAAAAAAAAOU/r3YS6-uJP1I/s400/DorisDayUkulele.jpg

Washboard Bill...rare rare rare
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/3LToCPnDXck/0.jpg
A great site for the oldies- Hawaiian greats
http://www.oocities.com/~ukulele/ukeplayers.html
ANd this guy has a band- I have not yet heard them, but he has the coolest picture ever
http://viperblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/viper-sailor-online.jpg?w=200&h=446
band site- http://theviper.org/

TCK
11-09-2010, 02:59 PM
Last one :)

this is a great group. Wellington International Ukulele Society based in NZ (note the Beltona's)
http://www.odt.co.nz/files/story/2009/04/the_wellington_international_ukulele_orchestra_is_ _1658175281.JPG
While only famous to a small group, 2nd from the right is Brett McKenzie from Flight of the Concords- best thing to ever happen to TV, even if for a short while
Cheers

Lori
11-09-2010, 05:28 PM
Buster Keaton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOTWN8apuA8&feature=related
Harold Lloyd
Often his character in his movie played a uke.
–Lori

Dane
11-09-2010, 10:07 PM
That was pretty good, I must say.. I laughed out loud myself!! Too funny to roast his co-stars on Oprah... Was probably fun to film that
movie too!

That video was infinitely better than the movie (which isn't saying much haha) I've always liked Macy.

bazmaz
11-10-2010, 08:44 AM
Guys - these are brilliant thanks - Ted Danza - ha!

Expect to see some of these on an update soon

knadles
11-10-2010, 10:26 AM
Paul,

Here's a list I found on Amazon. Uke movies. You might be able to track down some stills of Marylin Monroe, Jason Robards, Tom Hanks, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Flicks-Ukes-Movies-Ukuleles/lm/R1S4U7SWCSWJN6

Pete

bazmaz
11-10-2010, 11:13 AM
thanks for that - I have a Tom Hanks coming up - Jason Robards - good call

mds725
11-10-2010, 02:01 PM
Great compilation of uke players, Paul!

Here's one I didn't see on the list:

Pete Townshend

Here are separate clips of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey singing "Blue, Red and Grey" while playing the ukulele.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqWP7uDsjPo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u5mzYI5sqo

mds725
11-10-2010, 03:36 PM
The list is fabulous.

I didn't see Peter Sellers on it, though. He was, apparently, a George Formby fan.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_FLKHPR88

Chris Tarman
11-11-2010, 09:14 AM
That was fantastic! I am a huge Peter Sellers fan ("Dr. Strangelove" is my all-time favorite film), but I never realized he played ukulele. Somehow I'm not surprised. He nails George Formby's vocal style and does a nice job on the uke as well.

ukecantdothat
11-11-2010, 10:05 AM
Someone posted this one a little while ago - Steve Marriott.

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

bazmaz
11-11-2010, 10:47 AM
Thanks for all your help

Edition 7 is now on the blog here - http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/11/famous-ukulele-players-part-7.html

your suggestions on this thread will get an airing in future editions - as you will see, I gave a plug to all you wonderful people!

Keep em coming!

Dane
11-11-2010, 10:55 AM
That was fantastic! I am a huge Peter Sellers fan ("Dr. Strangelove" is my all-time favorite film), but I never realized he played ukulele. Somehow I'm not surprised. He nails George Formby's vocal style and does a nice job on the uke as well.

I love peter sellers, this is great!

bazmaz
11-11-2010, 11:41 PM
Edition 8 is now up

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/11/famous-ukulele-players-part-8.html

Manalishi
11-12-2010, 07:11 AM
Phil Jupitus plays ukulele (as well as guitar and bass!)
So does Frank Skinner,although I think he plays Ukulele
Banjo!

bazmaz
11-14-2010, 01:08 PM
luthien - had frank and phill on edition 1 but thanks.

Edition 9 is here http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/11/famous-ukulele-players-part-9.html

struggling to make an edition10 - need pictures!

Mitzy
11-14-2010, 03:35 PM
I don't think Betty Garrett has been mentioned yet. A fine supporting actress of older musicals such as "On the Town" with Gene Kelly. Garrett later appeared on "All In the Family" and played the landlady on "Laverne and Shirley". I remember the episode where she played the uke on L&S. She was really good!!

I also think I remember seeing Red Buttons playing the uke.

Yeah, I AM old. So? LOL