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01-19-2011, 04:55 PM
Here's an old one, from 1923, by Harry Warren, who wrote the music for all the Warner Brothers Busby Berkeley musicals with his partner lyricist Al Dubin. I first heard Doug Skinner and Bill Irwin play this in 1982, and I finally learned it! :D

I hope you like it.


01-19-2011, 05:48 PM
Schweet. What a cool tune and nice whistle solo again!
I like and thanks!

01-20-2011, 04:19 AM
Thanks, Cletus!

01-20-2011, 04:35 AM
Harry warren wrote some magical tunes.
I remember a good version of this one done in the UK many years ago by a trad jazz outfit called the Temperance Seven.
I really enjoyed your treatment of this one.Well done.

01-20-2011, 05:23 AM
I like that song. The first time I heard it was at my first visit to a local ukulele group. It is such a peaceful, happy song, perfect for the ukulele. Nice performance!


01-20-2011, 07:00 AM
Thank you, Lori and Al. I have that Temperence 7 recording; its the best one ever. I think "Everybody Loves my Baby" is on the B-side.

01-20-2011, 07:41 AM
Very nicely done, great feel, that's a great sounding uke too.

01-20-2011, 08:54 AM
thanks, DAP! That's a 1960 Martin O - not so sure I like the Aquilas on it; thinking of switching over to Worths or a set of Aquila guts that I just got and had better use soon before they go all slack!

Hippie Dribble
01-25-2011, 11:44 AM
Simply brilliant John. Man I love your stuff...your voice is so well suited to those ol' tunes and your playing is top shelf mate. Bravo my friend!!! :)

01-26-2011, 04:07 AM
Hey, Jon!

Thanks, mate. I appreciate your good opinion. :)

I think this is one you might enjoy playing; you'd certainly sound good!

05-11-2011, 02:59 PM

05-11-2011, 05:51 PM
John, that was awesome. Love the fan(?) stroke at the bridge. I really like this era music the most on the uke. Gonna have to learn this one.

Thanks for posting. Wonderful!

05-11-2011, 05:56 PM

What a great resource! Thanks for posting!

05-11-2011, 06:16 PM
John- I would kill to have that fan stroke. Another great video mate, thanks as always for posting it. More inspiration!

Hippie Dribble
05-11-2011, 06:30 PM
John, you should be making money out of your playing and singing, and lots of it. Consistently AWESOME. I wants to be ya agent... :cool:

01-21-2012, 10:16 AM
Hi, newbie in UK here. I had an inspiration to play Pasadena and I wound up here. Could you please post the chord sequence for your video, I was most impressed and would like to have a go at a favourite song. I had a uke for my birthday in October and, for a pianist, am having great fun with it.

01-21-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks for posting this one John, the vocal has such a beautiful quality and you manage to make some very fancy uke playing look totally effortless.

01-26-2012, 10:36 PM
As I didn't get a reply to my last (OK, first) query I carried on looking and found Jim Bottorf's site http://www.jbott.com/hompasa1.htmlwhich has the chords in the original key ,Eb, rather than the Bb played by the Temperance 7. Not realising it was in a different key, I have now learned it and find it's beyond my vocal range,Doh! As the chords seem (to me at least) easier to change through I can play along with the Al Jolson version on youtube but not the brilliant version by John or the Temp. 7 version.
How do you do that circular fan stroke? I believe it's flying in the face of nature to be able to do that!