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Fascinating Rhythm 1922-1935

Fascinating Rhythm 1922-1935

Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards

Label: Retrieval
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917906820
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Catalog number: RTR 79068
Releasedate: 28-10-11
When one considers that in a career that lasted from the 'teens to the '60s he made close to 200 records, including several major hits, more than 70 movies and had a TV series, it's a record that few artists could even begin to match: Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards with "Fascinating Rhythm 1922-1935"!
  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards
  • Fascinating Rhythm 1922-1935
  • Featuring: Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Dick McDonough, Ed Lang, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Tarto etc
  • More than any other performer Edwards was responsible for the soaring popularity of the ukulele in the 1920s
  • He made close to 200 records, including several major hits, more than 70 movies and had a TV series, it's a record that few artists could even begin to match
  • The voice that sings “When You Wish Upon a Star” at the start of each Buena Vista presentation is that of Cliff Edwards!
The first thing that needs to be said about Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards is that, contrary to all information published in books and discographies, he did NOT play a Kazoo. Those trumpet-like sounds that he made (somewhere between “scat” singing and yodelling) were produced vocally with no help from any sort of instrument, however primitive. He called it “eefing”. There has been surprisingly little critical appraisal of his work. When one considers that in a career that lasted from the 'teens to the '60s he made close to 200 records, including several major hits, more than 70 movies and had a TV series, it's a record that few artists could even begin to match. How many people today who watch Walt Disney programmes on TV realize that the voice that sings “When You Wish Upon a Star” at the start of each Buena Vista presentation is that of Cliff Edwards? (part of the linernotes written by Chris Ellis)

More than any other performer Edwards was responsible for the soaring popularity of the ukulele in the 1920s. Millions of ukuleles were sold during the decade, and Tin Pan Alley publishers added ukulele chords to standard sheet music. Edwards always played American Martin ukuleles favoring the small soprano model in his early career. In his later years Edwards moved to the sweeter, large tenor ukulele more suited to crooning which was becoming popular in the 1930s. (source: Wikipedia)
Cliff Edwards (June 14, 1895 – July 17, 1971), also known as "Ukelele Ike", was an American singer and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes. He had a number-one hit with "Singin' in the Rain" in 1929. He also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career, and is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940). (source: Wikipedia)