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  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Kai Maia O Ka Maoli - Helen Louise/Frank Ferera & His Hawaiian Trio
    2. Medley of Hulas - Kalama's Quartet
    3. Wang Wang Blues, The - Sam Ku West Harmony Boys
    4. Palolo - Kane's Hawaiinans
    5. Lepe 'Ula' Ula - Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio
    6. Farewell Blues - Sol Hoopii
    7. Tickling the Strings - King Nawahi Hawaiians
    8. Uheuhene - Sol Hoopii
    9. Ellis March - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians
    10. E Mama Ea - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians
    11. He Aloha No O Honolulu - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians
    12. My Girl from the South Sea Isles - Hawaiian Beach Combers
    13. Mauna Kea - King Nawahi Hawaiians
    14. Ukulele Benny - Georgia Jumpers
    15. Guitar Rhythm - Georgia Jumpers
    16. Hilo E - Johnny Noble & His Hawaiians
    17. Lei Ohu - Johnny Noble & His Hawaiians
    18. I Like You - Sol Hoopii
    19. Minnehaha (Hawaiian Stomp) - Andy & His Islanders Iona
    20. Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai - Andy & His Islanders Iona
    21. Hula Blues - Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartet
    22. Kaneohe - Lani McIntire's Hawaiians
    23. Hame Pila - Lani McIntire & His Orchestra
    24. Tiger Shark - Hawaiian Islanders
    25. Hilo March - Dick McIntire & His Harmony Hawaiians
    26. Kawika - Andy Cummings & His Hawaiian Serenaders
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Hard Hearted Hannah - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    2. Somebody Loves Me - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    3. Fascinatin' Rhythm - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    4. Oh, Lady Be Good - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    5. Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Daughter? - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    6. Dinah - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination
    7. Sunday - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination
    8. I'm Tellin' the Birds, I'm Tellin' the Bees - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination
    9. (I'm Crying 'Cause I Know I'm) Losing You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    10. Halfway to Heaven - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    11. That's My Weakness Now - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    12. I Can't Make Her Happy (That Old Girl of Mine) - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    13. Good Little, Bad Little You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    14. Singin' in the Rain - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    15. Hush My Mouth (If I Ain't Goin' South) - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
    16. Love Is Just Around the Corner - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards/Eton Boys
    17. One Little Kiss - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards/Eton Boys
    18. Somebody Loves Me - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards/Andy & His Islanders Iona
    19. Breezin' Along with the Breeze - Johnny Marvin
    20. So Is Your Old Lady - Honey Duke
    21. Half a Moon - The Knickerbockers
    22. 'Deed I Do - Johnny Marvin
    23. Oh, How She Could Play the Ukulele! - Johnny Marvin
    24. Crazy Words, Crazy Tune - Johnny Marvin
    25. Me and My Shadow - Johnny Marvin
    26. Magnolia - Johnny Marvin
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Chinese Laundry Blues - George Formby
    2. I Told My Baby with My Ukulele - George Formby
    3. Sitting on the Ice in the Ice Rink - George Formby
    4. With My Little Ukulele in My Hand - George Formby
    5. Swimmin' with the Wimmin' - George Formby
    6. Wedding of Mr. Wu, The - George Formby
    7. Fanlight Fanny - George Formby
    8. Riding in the TT Races - George Formby
    9. We All Share and Share Alike - George Formby
    10. When I'm Cleaning Windows - George Formby
    11. Leaning on a Lamp Post - George Formby
    12. With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock - George Formby
    13. Lancashire Toreador, The - George Formby
    14. Oh Dear Mother - George Formby
    15. Hindoo Man - George Formby
    16. Hi-Tiddly-Hi-Ti Island - George Formby
    17. Our Sergeant Major - George Formby
    18. Springtime's Here Again - George Formby
    19. I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony Now? - George Formby
    20. I Blew a Little Blast on My Whistle - George Formby
    21. Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt - George Formby
    22. It's a Grand and Healthy Life - George Formby
    23. It's Turned out Nice Again - George Formby
    24. Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now - George Formby
    25. I'm the Ukulele Man - George Formby
    26. We've Been a Long Time Gone - George Formby
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Ukulele Lady - Vaughn DeLeath
    2. 12th Street Rag - Roy Smeck
    3. Tiger Rag - Roy Smeck
    4. Nifty Pickin' - Roy Smeck
    5. Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea - Jimmie Rodgers
    6. Everybody Does It in Hawaii - Jimmie Rodgers
    7. For the Sake of Days Gone By - Jimmie Rodgers
    8. I'm Lonesome Too - Jimmie Rodgers
    9. Looking for a New Mama - Jimmie Rodgers
    10. Moonlight and Skies - Jimmie Rodgers
    11. Take Me Back Again - Jimmie Rodgers
    12. One Rose, The - Jimmie Rodgers
    13. Train Whistle Blues - Jimmie Rodgers
    14. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues - Jimmie Rodgers
    15. Whisper Your Mother's Name - Jimmie Rodgers
    16. Why Should I Be Lonely? - Jimmie Rodgers
    17. My Time Ain't Long - Jimmie Rodgers
    18. Ukulele Bounce - Roy Smeck
    19. To You, Sweetheart, Aloha - Louis Armstrong
    20. On Coconut Island - Louis Armstrong
    21. Nobody's Darling But Mine - Jimmie Davis
    22. Greatest Mistake of My Life, The - Jimmie Davis
    23. Blue Hawaii - Bing Crosby
    24. Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby
    25. Ritz Cracker - Lyle Ritz
    26. Playmates - Lyle Ritz
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 52541402

  • Credits

    The ukulele (Hawaiian for "jumping flea") was a 19th century Polynesian modification of the Portuguese cavaquinho, a guitar-like object of modest proportions introduced to the inhabitants of the Hawaiian archipelago by immigrants from the North Atlantic island of Madeira. Mainland North America's first mass exposure to both the ukulele and the lap steel guitar occurred at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where George E.K. Awai's Royal Hawaiian Quartette attracted a lot of attention performing week after week at the exposition's Hawaiian Pavilion. This little group has been credited with inadvertently triggering a nationwide trend as dozens of Tin Pan Alley songwriters and millions of curious citizens quickly developed a lively interest in both authentic and pseudo-Hawaiian music that lasted throughout the 1920s. In 2008 the ever-resourceful Proper label brought out Properbox 140, a 104-track compilation entitled With My Little Ukulele in My Hand. This excellent and entertaining survey of ethnic and popular music covers a healthy span of years (1916-1957) and includes examples of the ukulele's active role in genuine Hawaiian, vaudeville, country, pop, and jazz music. Most of the early ukulele and steel guitar luminaries heard on this compilation were born in the Hawaiian Islands, as were Frank Ferara (1885-1951); "Hawaiian Jazz King" John Avery, "Johnny" Noble (1892-1944); King Bennie Nawahi (1899-1985); Sol Hoopii (1902-1953); Andrew "Andy" Iona Lona (1902-1966); Lani McIntire (1904-1951); Sam Ku West (1907-1930), and Andrew Kealoha "Andy" Cummings (1913-1995). Additional Hawaiians who are audible on the first disc of this box set are ukulele master William Kalama, steel guitarists Tau Savea Moe and Mike Hanapi; harp guitarist Bob Nawahine, and six-string guitarist Dave Kaleipua Munson. The ukulele's rise in popularity through comedic vaudeville is wonderfully represented here with 18 performances by Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (1895-1971), a man best remembered as having provided the voice of Walt Disney's Jiminy Cricket; then with seven selections performed by Oklahoma-born Johnny Marvin, who also recorded under the name of Honey Duke & His Uke. Further examples from this lighthearted realm are credited to the Knickerbockers, a normally banjo-driven dance band here fortified with conspicuously strummed ukuleles; Illinois-born early vocal star Vaughn DeLeath (1894-1943), and England's George Formby, Jr., an ex-racehorse jockey whose father was a legendary British music hall comedian. Following in dad's footsteps, Formby cooked up all kinds of topical mischief, and managed to get some of his songs banned by the BBC, including the genitally inspired title track and its apparent cousin, "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock." Reading, PA's Roy Smeck (1900-1994) made lots of records during the '20s and '30s, even playing steel guitar and harmonica with King Oliver. Smeck's ukulele technique as demonstrated on this collection is really marvelous, and like Johnny Marvin he's since had an entire line of ukuleles named after him. The anthology closes with examples from Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933), Jimmie Davis (1899-2000), Louis Armstrong, who in August 1936 recorded a couple of Hawaiian tunes for Decca with Andy Iona, string bassist Joe Nawahi, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, and a group billed as the Polynesians; Bing Crosby, whose Hawaiian routine would have benefited from a cameo appearance by Dorothy Lamour, and Cleveland's own Lyle Ritz, a legendary L.A. session man whose "Ritz Cracker" and "Playmates" come from his 1957 Verve album How About Uke? ~ arwulf arwulf

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