Ukulele in space — well, ok, it’s after space

July 24, 1969: Neil Armstrong plays the ukulele, just follow the link below:

A happy moment.

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Bill Bailey won’t you please come home (1902) on ukulele

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The El Paso Herald unfair to ukuleles

28 November 1916: thus saith The El Paso Herald:

The Ukulele

Hawaii, following the lead of the mother country, the United States, is in the midst of a manufacturing boom with the ukulele as the chief product, an article less deadly than war munitions and less high-priced than flour and women’s boots. The popularity which Hawaiian music has achieved in this country is responsible for the making of ukuleles, on which this music may be played, or which may be used for purposes of accompaniment.

The ukulele is a guitar which never grew up. It produces a melodious groan, just as the Hawaiian steel guitar produces a musical whine. It is easy to manufacture and easy to play, which accounts, perhaps, for some of its popularity.

String in string with the ukulele goes the “Hawaiian” song, a missionary’s hymn elaborated, syncopated and generally disguised, and full many a man and girl are doing yeoman service in trying to master these songs of the islands who never sang a good old gospel hymn in their lives.

Fine business for Hawaii while it lasts. Only, if it grows and lasts much longer, there is danger that Connecticut will soon be making most of the genuine Hawaiian ukuleles, to the detriment of Honolulu.

Published in: on March 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ballin the Jack (1913) on ukulele

A cute little tune by Chris Smith — words by Jim Burris

Folks in Georgia, ’bout to go insane
Since that new dance, down in Georgia came
I’m the only person who’s to blame
I’m the party introduced it there.

So give me credit for knowing a thing or two
Give me credit for starting something new
I will show this little dance to you
When I do you’ll know that its a bear.

First you put your two knees close up tight
Then you sway them to the left and sway them to the right
Step around the floor kind of nice and light,
Then you twist around and twist around with all your might

Spread you loving arms straight out in space
Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace.
Swing your foot right round, and bring it back.
And that’s what I call, Ballin the Jack.

Published in: on March 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Anytime, and not so happy Herbert Lawson

The author of that old-time favourite, Anytime, was recaptured in Chattanooga 15 days after he had escaped from the County Jail, Deland — so the Daytona Beach Morning Journal reported, 27 June, 1950.

Mr Lawson was being detained in order to answer two charges of embezzlement, and charges of removing property — as well, now, of jail breaking. He had promised to arrange and publish songs for a woman, but failed to do what he had been paid to do.

I can’t find any other biographical details of Herbert Lawson. Wish I had happier things to say.

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Love, Marriage, and ukulele

The New York Tribune, 12 July 1917, reported on the powerful effect that the ukulele can have.

Miss Rosie O’Brien, just 17 years old, came under the spell of the ukulele that Joseph Gonsalves played. The two met at the concert hall at City Island, where young Joseph was performing with the Hawaiian orchestra. Rosie soon was missing from home, on her way with Joe to the Marriage License Bureau. The police were soon on their trail, but by the time they had caught up with her, she was already Mrs Gonsalves.

As if to confirm the ukulele’s power to attract, on the same page is a picture of ukulele toting Pauline Disston, who was recently engaged to John Wanamaker. So it works both ways, and others took the hint.

Miss Disston with ukulele (and friend)

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