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Total Ukphoria
02-28-2011, 03:00 PM
At an early age, there was a wonderful bunny that taught me some of the best music ever written. Thanks Bugs!

Ain't She Sweet
Someone's rocking my Dreamboat
Charleston (Sylvester sang this one, and it's my home town!:D)
Hello Ma baby (Frog style)

I know there are a lot more!

fhorndog
02-28-2011, 05:18 PM
"Michigan Rag!!!"

pdxuke
02-28-2011, 05:59 PM
Yes, we all owe a debt to Bugs. Not only did he teach me 20s music, but he taught me comic timing. "Ohhh, Margaret!"

seoulsister
02-28-2011, 07:56 PM
hahaha! I just looked up the frog on youtube last nite!

seoulsister
02-28-2011, 08:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GDEkxBjIM4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAjhtPZGDY&feature=related

Ukulele JJ
03-01-2011, 01:43 AM
"Michigan Rag!!!"

Did you know that that is not a "genuine" old-time song, but was actually written for the cartoon? (One of the writers being director/animator Chuck Jones.)

Anyone remember the cartoon with the chicken/rooster guy who would sing, "Shake a leg bone, come with me. Down to Nashville, Tennessee?" I think he was even playing a ukulele. Pretty sure it was a Warner Brother cartoon, but I don't think it was a Bugs Bunny one. Maybe Daffy...

JJ

P.S. And let's not forget all the classical music we all learned about thanks to the old Warner Brothers cartoon. Rabbit of Seville? What's Opera, Doc?

Total Ukphoria
03-01-2011, 10:31 AM
Here is the cartoon you are refering to Ukulele JJ----It's called "Muscle Tussle"- the ukulele sequence in at about 3:35.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rrr2ZGA7BQ

I forgot to mention the commonly used song "You must have been a beautiful baby" in my earlier list- you can hear it in this cartoon early on. :).

seoulsister
03-01-2011, 11:38 AM
Foghorn Leghorn. I spent my formative years watching him. ;)

Ukulele JJ
03-01-2011, 11:38 AM
Here is the cartoon you are refering to Ukulele JJ----It's called "Muscle Tussle".

That's it! LOL!

Thanks for digging it up, TU.

JJ

wheelgunner
03-01-2011, 12:07 PM
Everything I know about opera I learned from Bugs Bunny.

mds725
03-01-2011, 12:59 PM
Did you know that that is not a "genuine" old-time song, but was actually written for the cartoon? (One of the writers being director/animator Chuck Jones.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Rag

I got to meet Chuck Jones once in 1996. He was in an art gallery selling original cels from the 1995 cartoon, "Another Froggy Evening." I bought a cel of Michigan J. Frog singing in front of his box, and he signed it. Incidentally, he mentioned that he came up with the idea for the Road Runner cartoons while driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. He thought the desert and the mountains in the background were beautiful, and he wanted to make cartoons in which he could include them.

As for much of the other music that accompanied Warner Brothers cartoons, we have to thank the great Carl Stalling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Stalling).

Chap
03-01-2011, 01:07 PM
Everything I know about opera I learned from Bugs Bunny.

Elmer: "Oh Bwunhillllda, you are so wuvvvewy!"

Bugs: "Yes I knoooow it, I can't helllp it!"


<3 Bugs

fhorndog
03-01-2011, 04:55 PM
http://froggyeve.tripod.com/intro.html

I got to here Leon Redbone do "Please Don't Talk About Me" live in a little theater about a mile from my home. He has played there 3 times. (I was there every time!) The incredible thing is I live in a town of less than 10,000 people. If you like that era, pick up some Leon!!!

Season
03-01-2011, 05:20 PM
http://froggyeve.tripod.com/intro.html

I got to here Leon Redbone do "Please Don't Talk About Me" live in a little theater about a mile from my home. He has played there 3 times. (I was there every time!) The incredible thing is I live in a town of less than 10,000 people. If you like that era, pick up some Leon!!!

Yes, oh yes! Leon is fabulous! Tuba and ukuleles! His version of Ain't Misbehavin' is my absolute favorite. His smooth, relaxed baritone melts me. Definite kicked back lazy day music.

Lori
03-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Singing in the Bathtub

Murph the Surf
05-10-2011, 05:31 PM
http://doctoruke.com/aintmisbehavin.pdf

Leon in amazing. I have him as a Pandora station and it's really great for eazing into your day. Ain't Misbehavin' comes on in various versions all the time. I found the Tabs provided At the Dr. Uke Site and I hope to make some sense of it over the next few weeks.

Looney Toons is a great American institution that even the guy from Italy I work with knows the toons. At 38 they are still funny.

Jnobianchi
05-11-2011, 10:39 AM
Leon is amazing - Seen him many times.

Look, the reason Bugs had great music is because of Warner Brothers' 7 Arts music library; they didn't have to pay any royalties to use the best popular music of the day. That's why Disney, MGM and Fleischer cartoons don't have anywhere near the amount of popular music in them.

If you want to get your hands on it, Warner Music still issues music from their library in big guitar anthologies from the 20's, 30's, 40's etc. Just go down to your local music store and get like 100 tunes in one $20 volume.

dkcrown
05-11-2011, 10:59 AM
http://froggyeve.tripod.com/intro.html

I got to here Leon Redbone do "Please Don't Talk About Me" live in a little theater about a mile from my home. He has played there 3 times. (I was there every time!) The incredible thing is I live in a town of less than 10,000 people. If you like that era, pick up some Leon!!!

I saw Leon for the eighth time back on March 24th. I can't get enough of him. His piano player Paul is an incredible talent. If you call my cell phone you will be serenaded with "Shine on Harvest Moon" while you wait for me to answer.

BTW talking about Bugs. Love the old stuff but the more recent Bugs were great too. His cartoons with Martin the Martian are classics. "Earthlings, prepare to die!"

uke4ia
05-11-2011, 05:15 PM
Look, the reason Bugs had great music is because of Warner Brothers' 7 Arts music library; they didn't have to pay any royalties to use the best popular music of the day. That's why Disney, MGM and Fleischer cartoons don't have anywhere near the amount of popular music in them.

If you want to get your hands on it, Warner Music still issues music from their library in big guitar anthologies from the 20's, 30's, 40's etc. Just go down to your local music store and get like 100 tunes in one $20 volume.

Yes. Those weird Raymond Scott tunes that Carl Stalling kept inserting into Looney Tune soundtracks were big sellers in the late '30s. Great, now you've got me wondering if SheetMusicPlus.com has the music for "Powerhouse"...

TCK
05-11-2011, 07:20 PM
Elmer: "Oh Bwunhillllda, you are so wuvvvewy!"

Bugs: "Yes I knoooow it, I can't helllp it!"


<3 Bugs
Hahahahahaha- The unfortunate lot that ends up in my classroom- this is our brain break! "It is time to kill the WABBBBBBBIIIITTTTTT"

cheekmeat
05-12-2011, 05:31 AM
I have always loved Bugs strumming his banjo and singing A Rainy Night in Rio in "Long Haired Hare".

"Wadda they do in Tijuana when they wanna snuggle tight...Well..."

My wife and I sing lines from that song/cartoon at each other all the time for no apparent reason.

mds725
05-12-2011, 07:14 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UcXBcMxUPc

Elaine's response should have been followed by "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Joe H
05-12-2011, 10:06 AM
Porky Pig does a great version of On Moonlight Bay

cheekmeat
05-12-2011, 10:22 AM
Porky Pig does a great version of On Moonlight Bay

Also his My Mama Done Told Me is pretty spectacular.

"My m-m-m-m-m-mama done told me, when I was in kn-n-n-n-nee pants"

I wish I could show/look at clips, but YouTube is disabled at the office.

Joe H
05-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Also his My Mama Done Told Me is pretty spectacular.

"My m-m-m-m-m-mama done told me, when I was in kn-n-n-n-nee pants"

I wish I could show/look at clips, but YouTube is disabled at the office.

I remember that one. Unfortunately Youtube is seems to be severely lacking in Porky pig songs. It could be just me, but I couldn't find either song.

uke4ia
05-12-2011, 03:19 PM
Yes. Those weird Raymond Scott tunes that Carl Stalling kept inserting into Looney Tune soundtracks were big sellers in the late '30s. Great, now you've got me wondering if SheetMusicPlus.com has the music for "Powerhouse"...

Musicnotes.com turned out to have a Looney Tunes songbook that looks pretty good for $20. They don't show any example pages, but the song list looks pretty enticing:

The Looney Tunes Songbook features music used by Carl Stalling in the scores for Warner Brothers' beloved cartoons from the 1930s through the early '60s. Included are the familiar theme songs, tunes associated with various characters, Warner Brothers pop songs used as background music, and the wacky melodies of Raymond Scott. Titles: Merrily We Roll Along * The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down * Road Runner * This Is It! * What's Up, Doc? * Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals * In an 18th Century Drawing Room * Powerhouse * Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner * The Toy Trumpet * Ain't She Sweet * A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich, and You * The Gold Digger's Song (We're in the Money) * Hooray for Hollywood * I Love to Sing-a * I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles * The Lady in Red * A Rainy Night in Rio * You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby * Hello, Ma Baby * I'm Just Wild About Harry * The Michigan Rag. (Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.)

http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/book.asp?ppn=BKAL35330&

seeso
05-13-2011, 02:03 PM
Great tunes from those old 'toons. We can't let this thread go by without mention of "I Love to Singa."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akAEIW3rmvQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akAEIW3rmvQ

And what about Tom's awesome rendition of "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR-Ckj5M-jU

whurly
05-15-2011, 07:24 PM
Hi, It's my first post here. I couldn't resist replying on one of my favorite topics. I'm a newbie to ukes but the first tune I played when I got my Kala KA-ST was The Charleston (I think) as featured in 'The Three Little Bops'. It's at about 4.40 here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-_ck7AHKKE&feature=player_detailpage

I believe the Warner Bros cartoons originated as a means to push Warner's sheet music catalogue (Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies). Like an earlier poster I also love Bugs singing 'Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat', which was from the wonderfully nightmarish 'The Big Snooze' directed by Bob Clampett.

ichadwick
05-16-2011, 09:08 AM
A carrot is a thing divine,
You get a dozen for a dime,
It's maaaaaaagic...

My favourite BB song line.

Jnobianchi
05-20-2011, 04:45 AM
Brilliant! :D