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Ukulele Miscellanea
Miscelele?  (no, maybe not . . . ) 

Some interesting facts and quotes about the ukulele:

"I think my first instrument was a ukulele . . ." - Don Henley, The Eagles

Marilyn Monroe played the part of a ukulele player in one of her most popular films, Some Like it Hot (1959). She couldn’t really play but looked good pretending.

"I love ukuleles." - Marvin Hamlisch, the late award-winning American composer

Elvis Presley played ukulele in one of his most successful films, Blue Hawaii (1961). He really could play the uke although he was no Jake Shimabukuro.

"The ukulele is already a magical instrument, but there's something about his playing and being that is other-worldly . . . "  - Yo-Yo Ma, cello maestro, on Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele maestro

Jake Shimabakuro, from Hawaii, is one of the world's best known ukulele virtuosos. He has an intricate style of fingerpicking and plays a wide variety of music including pop, jazz and classical.

"Whenever you went round George's house, after dinner the ukuleles would come out and you'd inevitably find yourself singing all these old numbers." - Sir Paul McCartney, Concert for George (Harrison), Royal Albert Hall 2002

A popular YouTube item from the Concert for George is I’ll See You In My Dreams played beautifully on ukulele by legendary British rock’n’pop singer and guitarist Joe Brown.

Sam Brown, daughter of Joe, is also a keen ukulele player and leads her own International Ukulele Orchestra, based in Sonning Common, Oxfordshire.

The most famous British ukulele player was George Formby, who usually played the banjolele or ukulele-banjo. Although always disarmingly modest about his own abilities, he was a virtuoso player and a superstar of his day. Formby divides opinion in the modern ukulele world. There are some clubs, societies and events devoted to his style and songs while others avoid them or even ban them.

"Now the likes of Jack Johnson, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Sir Paul McCartney and Johnny Marr are all happy to be seen on stage with ukuleles." - Jane Cooper, Daily Express

Clive's friend Roger Greenaway, of the legendary British hit songwriting team Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, wrote all his songs on uke and still plays every day. His wife Brenda had ukulele lessons. . . but not from her husband, from Clive!

"There's not much you can do with a ukulele that doesn't sound happy." - Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra / Traveling Wilburys

Peter Sellers was an excellent ukulele player and played uke on Steeleye Span’s recording of New York Girls from the 1975 album Commoner’s Crown. He also played ukulele and sang lead vocal on Ukulele Lady by The Temperance Seven.

"How do I relax? This might sound slightly ridiculous but I play the ukulele for at least an hour a day and I find something really blissful about it." - Frank Skinner, comedian

Neil Armstrong spent much of his 3 weeks in quarantine after returning from the moon in 1969 . . .  playing his ukulele! Many believe he actually took it to the moon, but this is an internet-fuelled urban myth.

"I think, therefore I strum." - Clive Harvey, ukulele player and teacher
Clive Harvey on Last Minute Musicians