With My Little Ukulele in My Hand

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021401
  • Catalog Number: 140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kai Maia O Ka Maoli - Helen Louise (3:08)
  2. 2 Medley of Hulas - Kalama's Quartet (3:00)
  3. 3 The Wang Wang Blues - Sam Ku West Harmony Boys (3:13)
  4. 4 Palolo - Kane's Hawaiinans (3:02)
  5. 5 Lepe 'Ula' Ula - Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio (3:19)
  6. 6 Farewell Blues - Sol Hoopii (2:53)
  7. 7 Tickling the Strings - King Nawahi Hawaiians (3:25)
  8. 8 Uheuhene - Sol Hoopii (3:23)
  9. 9 Ellis March - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians (3:10)
  10. 10 E Mama Ea - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians (2:45)
  11. 11 He Aloha No O Honolulu - Madame Riviere's Hawaiians (3:14)
  12. 12 My Girl from the South Sea Isles - Hawaiian Beach Combers (2:53)
  13. 13 Mauna Kea - King Nawahi Hawaiians (3:05)
  14. 14 Ukulele Benny - Georgia Jumpers (2:52)
  15. 15 Guitar Rhythm - Georgia Jumpers (3:29)
  16. 16 Hilo E - Johnny Noble & His Hawaiians (3:00)
  17. 17 Lei Ohu - Johnny Noble & His Hawaiians (2:58)
  18. 18 I Like You - Sol Hoopii (3:11)
  19. 19 Minnehaha (Hawaiian Stomp) - Andy Iona & His Islanders (3:06)
  20. 20 Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai - Andy Iona & His Islanders (2:44)
  21. 21 Hula Blues - Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartet (2:56)
  22. 22 Kaneohe - Lani McIntire's Hawaiians (2:44)
  23. 23 Hame Pila - Lani McIntire & His Orchestra (2:32)
  24. 24 Tiger Shark - Hawaiian Islanders (2:28)
  25. 25 Hilo March - Dick McIntire & His Harmony Hawaiians (3:00)
  26. 26 Kawika - Andy Cummings & His Hawaiian Serenaders (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hard Hearted Hannah - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:06)
  2. 2 Somebody Loves Me - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:59)
  3. 3 Fascinatin' Rhythm - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:52)
  4. 4 Oh, Lady Be Good - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:54)
  5. 5 Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Daughter? - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:08)
  6. 6 Dinah - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination (2:56)
  7. 7 Sunday - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination (2:57)
  8. 8 I'm Tellin' the Birds, I'm Tellin' the Bees - Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination (3:09)
  9. 9 (I'm Crying 'Cause I Know I'm) Losing You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:53)
  10. 10 Halfway to Heaven - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:14)
  11. 11 That's My Weakness Now - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:32)
  12. 12 I Can't Make Her Happy (That Old Girl of Mine) - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:10)
  13. 13 Good Little, Bad Little You - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:39)
  14. 14 Singin' in the Rain - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:28)
  15. 15 Hush My Mouth (If I Ain't Goin' South) - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:07)
  16. 16 Love Is Just Around the Corner - Eton Boys (2:41)
  17. 17 One Little Kiss - Eton Boys (2:51)
  18. 18 Somebody Loves Me - Andy Iona & His Islanders (2:27)
  19. 19 Breezin' Along with the Breeze - Johnny Marvin (3:20)
  20. 20 So Is Your Old Lady - Honey Duke (2:56)
  21. 21 Half a Moon - The Knickerbockers (3:01)
  22. 22 'Deed I Do - Johnny Marvin (3:54)
  23. 23 Oh, How She Could Play the Ukulele! - Johnny Marvin (2:58)
  24. 24 Crazy Words, Crazy Tune - Johnny Marvin (2:58)
  25. 25 Me and My Shadow - Johnny Marvin (3:07)
  26. 26 Magnolia - Johnny Marvin (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Chinese Laundry Blues - George Formby (2:24)
  2. 2 I Told My Baby with My Ukulele - George Formby (3:10)
  3. 3 Sitting on the Ice in the Ice Rink - George Formby (3:05)
  4. 4 With My Little Ukulele in My Hand - George Formby (3:04)
  5. 5 Swimmin' with the Wimmin' - George Formby (3:04)
  6. 6 The Wedding of Mr. Wu - George Formby (2:54)
  7. 7 Fanlight Fanny - George Formby (3:01)
  8. 8 Riding in the TT Races - George Formby (3:03)
  9. 9 We All Share and Share Alike - George Formby (2:46)
  10. 10 When I'm Cleaning Windows - George Formby (2:52)
  11. 11 Leaning on a Lamp Post - George Formby (3:02)
  12. 12 With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock - George Formby (3:07)
  13. 13 The Lancashire Toreador - George Formby (3:08)
  14. 14 Oh Dear Mother - George Formby (2:54)
  15. 15 Hindoo Man - George Formby (3:04)
  16. 16 Hi-Tiddly-Hi-Ti Island - George Formby (2:25)
  17. 17 Our Sergeant Major - George Formby (2:45)
  18. 18 Springtime's Here Again - George Formby (2:59)
  19. 19 I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony Now? - George Formby (2:59)
  20. 20 I Blew a Little Blast on My Whistle - George Formby (3:20)
  21. 21 Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt - George Formby (3:06)
  22. 22 It's a Grand and Healthy Life - George Formby (3:03)
  23. 23 It's Turned out Nice Again - George Formby (2:54)
  24. 24 Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now - George Formby (2:44)
  25. 25 I'm the Ukulele Man - George Formby (3:08)
  26. 26 We've Been a Long Time Gone - George Formby (2:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ukulele Lady - Vaughn DeLeath (3:18)
  2. 2 12th Street Rag - Roy Smeck (2:58)
  3. 3 Tiger Rag - Roy Smeck (2:48)
  4. 4 Nifty Pickin' - Roy Smeck (2:51)
  5. 5 Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea - Jimmie Rodgers (2:47)
  6. 6 Everybody Does It in Hawaii - Jimmie Rodgers (2:51)
  7. 7 For the Sake of Days Gone By - Jimmie Rodgers (3:20)
  8. 8 I'm Lonesome Too - Jimmie Rodgers (3:19)
  9. 9 Looking for a New Mama - Jimmie Rodgers (3:21)
  10. 10 Moonlight and Skies - Jimmie Rodgers (3:00)
  11. 11 Take Me Back Again - Jimmie Rodgers (3:09)
  12. 12 The One Rose - Jimmie Rodgers (2:40)
  13. 13 Train Whistle Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (2:59)
  14. 14 Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues - Jimmie Rodgers (2:53)
  15. 15 Whisper Your Mother's Name - Jimmie Rodgers (3:26)
  16. 16 Why Should I Be Lonely? - Jimmie Rodgers (3:09)
  17. 17 My Time Ain't Long - Jimmie Rodgers (3:23)
  18. 18 Ukulele Bounce - Roy Smeck (2:24)
  19. 19 To You, Sweetheart, Aloha - Louis Armstrong (2:57)
  20. 20 On Coconut Island - Louis Armstrong (3:09)
  21. 21 Nobody's Darling But Mine - Jimmie Davis (3:07)
  22. 22 The Greatest Mistake of My Life - Jimmie Davis (2:49)
  23. 23 Blue Hawaii - Bing Crosby (3:08)
  24. 24 Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby (3:19)
  25. 25 Ritz Cracker - Lyle Ritz (2:15)
  26. 26 Playmates - Lyle Ritz (2:34)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Henry Busse Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bud Green Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Joe Kaipo Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Lani McIntire Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Elsie McWilliams Composer
Harry Owens Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
Gus Mueller Composer
Traditional Composer
Buster Johnson Composer
R. Alex Anderson Composer
Prince Leleiohoku Composer
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