Bob Dyer and the Ukulele

I’ve learned recently that Bob Dyer, an American-born entertainer who made it big in Australia, once worked the  Tivoli circut in Sydney as a hillbilly ukulele player in the late 1930s  (


The lyrics to one of the songs he sang — The Death of Willie — may be viewed here (, together with the comment that Bob was (at the time) perhaps the third best ukulele player around.

Bob later hosted a television game show called BP Pick-a-box which ran for years (1957-1971).

Picture from Tivoli (Lothian, 2003), page 154, used with the kind permission of Frank van Straten.

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