Vintage Recordings of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)

The Vintage Recordings of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)

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by Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards
     
 
This is a strong collection of Edwards' music, half from the '20s while the other half is from the '30s and '40s. Styles range from tight hot jazz with "His Hot Combination," a band which included Red Nichols and Miff Mole, to the poppier love songs backed by generic '30s vocal group the Eton Boys to pop-Hawaiian

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This is a strong collection of Edwards' music, half from the '20s while the other half is from the '30s and '40s. Styles range from tight hot jazz with "His Hot Combination," a band which included Red Nichols and Miff Mole, to the poppier love songs backed by generic '30s vocal group the Eton Boys to pop-Hawaiian with the superb Andy Iona and his Islanders. It's a tribute to Edwards' versatility as a performer that he shines no matter what the background. Though this CD has the same title as an earlier Take Two LP, it is significantly different; they only share seven tracks. Leonard Maltin wrote the excellent liner notes full of personal reminiscences of Cliff by some of the artists who worked with him.

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Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Take Two Records
UPC:
0734021041925
catalogNumber:
419
Rank:
80091

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The Vintage Recordings of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wild_willy_m_d More than 1 year ago
Cliff Edwards was an original. Between 1925 and 1930 he sold over 75,000,000 records (all 78's). His falsetto singing and ukulele were one of the inspirations for "Tiny Tim", but Cliff--the original--was MUCH better and more listenable. He is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's "Pinocchio", and he sang the song "When I see an Elephant Fly" in Dumbo.

He also (featured on this disc) was the first artist to record "Singin' in the Rain", in 1929. Catch this number, and several others on You Tube, in excerpts from the "Hollywood Revue of 1929".

If you like "retro", buy this disc.