Ukeleles: Everyone's playing them (early 20th-c. vintage ads)


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Better than extra good? Now I've heard everything!


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All people who didn't grow up with creepy Tiny Tim was regularly on network TV playing his stupid Ukelele. I had nightmares as a kid of Tiny Tim.


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Heaps! Glorious heaps!!


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This post was obviously for me and a very small, close circle of friends. smile

We worked for many years at a wonderful, confusing, infuriating, but awesome second hand music store that specialized in obscure instruments. Banjo-ukes lined a wall, surrounded by beautiful vintage (and sometimes koa) ukes. Next to them were the ouds, balalaikas, bouzoukis; then the hurdy gurdys, Hardanger fiddle (singular), arch-top mandolins (edit: and a few 'bowl back' mandos, though i can't think of their proper name), and near-turn-century Gibson/Martin guitars.

Of course I was the woodwind/brass guy, so I got to see even weirder stuff. But that is a tale for another time smiley


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I had to look up "Banjo-ukes" to see if it was the same as a Banjolele and it is! Of course, I only know what a banjolele is because it caused a rift in the Wooster household.


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so, everyone knows about the portugese immigrants that brought the ukelele to hawaii, right?


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CSB: I was at a show in LA a few weeks ago, and low and behold Hugh Laurie was seated two rows behind me. Everyone was super polite and left him alone, except one lady that walked past, did a double take, then pointed and covered her mouth at the same time. It was priceless.


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(early twentieth century ads)

Thanks for clarifying that the modern ukelele sensation that's currently sweeping the nation has deep roots


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Just like they brought the instrument that came to be known as the cuatro to Latin America.


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"Hi-de hi-de hi-de hi, Sir"


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what can i say, i adored the fry/laurie interpretation as well smiley


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Now see, a real method actor would have learned to play the instrument as written instead of substituting one he already knows how to play. wink


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