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The Beatles and the Ukulele
13 July 2010
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I know there are a few other uke players on the board, including Joe, so I was just trying to think of any connections the Beatles had to the uke.

First, there was Julia, who Paul McCartney described as a ukulele player in the Anthology series. She's always been said to have played the banjo by most sources, but I find it kind of funny that Paul remembered her as a uke player because that's not a detail that he would forget.

Second, there are pictures of John with a uke that are around and he plays a little bit in All Together Now.

Obviously George played the uke, as seen on Anthology, and on many of his solo recording including my favorite song ever.

And we've seen Sir Paul play a uke in his concerts, most notably his tribute to George with Something

Anyone else know of any?

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13 July 2010
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I love that song. Also, George played the bit at the end of Free As A Bird

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13 July 2010
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Paulrus said:

I love that song. Also, George played the bit at the end of Free As A Bird


Oh yeah, I wish they would have featured it more on the song.george-martin

I wonder when he started playing.

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13 July 2010
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I'm not sure, actually. Paul said during the Good Evening New York City concert that he went over to George's house with a ukelele and played Something on it for him, because George was a big fan of it, but he didn't think George was very impressed. He didn't say when it was though. Probably during the 60's or 70's

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13 July 2010
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Paulrus said:

I'm not sure, actually. Paul said during the Good Evening New York City concert that he went over to George's house with a ukelele and played Something on it for him, because George was a big fan of it, but he didn't think George was very impressed. He didn't say when it was though. Probably during the 60's or 70's


That's a cool bit of information. I'm going to see his show in Pittsburgh in a few weeks and I can't wait to hear him play it.
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13 July 2010
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 Lucky! I wish I could go see him... 

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13 July 2010
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The uke that Paul plays in concert used to belong to George. Have a look at this rather fabulous story: http://www.liverpooldailypost......-24263413/

George used to play Kamaka ukes: http://www.kamakahawaii.com/ (I have a rather cheaper Kala KA-S)

I'm not sure whether Julia Lennon played a banjo or a ukulele. It might have been a banjolele, which is what George Formby played.

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13 July 2010
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What it was surprising for me was listening to Paul saying that he loves older people playing ukelele because he remembers John's Mom, so I guess people used to play it a lot in there.

If I'm right, why? That is an unusual choice. Does anybody know?

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13 July 2010
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I think it's because the instrument fell out of favour after rock 'n' roll took off, so it was probably seen as an older generation thing. They were probably most popular in the UK from the 1920s to the 50s.

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13 July 2010
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Joe said:

The uke that Paul plays in concert used to belong to George. Have a look at this rather fabulous story: http://www.liverpooldailypost......-24263413/

George used to play Kamaka ukes: http://www.kamakahawaii.com/ (I have a rather cheaper Kala KA-S)

I'm not sure whether Julia Lennon played a banjo or a ukulele. It might have been a banjolele, which is what George Formby played.


Very cool story, 'would you mind terribly if Paul McCartney could have that ukulele?' And nice uke by the way, I just recently bought an Oscar Schmidt OU5. 
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14 July 2010
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Nice, they're supposed to be very good. What size?

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14 July 2010
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Joe said:

Nice, they're supposed to be very good. What size?


Concert. I like it a lot, it sounds terrific, but I still think I prefer my old Mahalo soprano, which was much cheaper, but I guess I'm just more used to it.
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14 July 2010
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GniknuS said:

Joe said:

Nice, they're supposed to be very good. What size?


Concert. I like it a lot, it sounds terrific, but I still think I prefer my old Mahalo soprano, which was much cheaper, but I guess I'm just more used to it.
 

How much was it? (american currency?)
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14 July 2010
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Paul played a couple of uke songs at the Concert. Yes, I shall always capitalize it.

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14 July 2010
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MrBig said:

GniknuS said:

Joe said:

Nice, they're supposed to be very good. What size?


Concert. I like it a lot, it sounds terrific, but I still think I prefer my old Mahalo soprano, which was much cheaper, but I guess I'm just more used to it.

 


How much was it? (american currency?)
 

I bought the Mahalo for $40 and the Oscar Schmidt for $100 but it was originally priced at $150. That's why I like uke's, they are relatively inexpensive, easy to learn and fun to play.
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22 July 2010
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I've just received a copy of The Beatles For Ukulele from Amazon. Looks OK - 20 songs with chord diagrams to play along with, as well as musical notation for the melodies.

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22 July 2010
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Joe said:

I've just received a copy of The Beatles For Ukulele from Amazon. Looks OK - 20 songs with chord diagrams to play along with, as well as musical notation for the melodies.


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22 July 2010
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Paulrus said:

George played the bit at the end of Free As A Bird


 

I'm not 100% sure of that. I seem to remember that on the "Extra Features" disc of the Anthology DVD's there was a "making of" section showing how the video was conceived/created. I seem to remember the video's director lamenting the fact that he did NOT have George play the uke at the end of the video.

Does anyone else recall this, or will I be 'forced' to watch the extra features disc again?

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22 July 2010
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Pretty sure he was on the recording but not in the video.

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22 July 2010
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Thanks Joe. I was hoping someone would doubt me (even slightly) and force me to watch the video again.

At about 2:19 in, the director talks about his decision to not use George in the scene and why he regrets that decision – he did not know George played the uke on the song!

I guess I should have checked here first.

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