Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Musical Interlude {Cliff Edwards}

I can't remember how I first came across Cliff Edwards but I know that I haven't been a fan for very long. I suppose I must have come across him when I first started playing ukulele - he was also known as 'Ukulele Ike'. If you want to read anything about him there's a mini-bio here, and one on wiki, here. As much as I love to see anyone playing ukulele, I have to admit (but it's probably obvious) that I best love uke players of Cliff's era.

Here's just a few songs...there are so many up on youtube, I didn't really know what to pick. The first two are clips from movies Cliff Edwards was in (he was in many films, though I've not seen any of them) and the last is just audio.

This a gorgeous song (though I have a nicer version that's just Cliff on his uke).

This is one of my all-time favourite songs...I think I need to start collecting more versions (I have at least 3 or 4, so far. Anyone have a favourite version?) The solo you can hear is Cliff's own voice; an excerpt from the first site I linked to has a little explanation of it:

While singing in the saloons he began to accompany himself on the ukulele and developed a style of improvised singing, which he called "effin". "Effin" sounds a lot like the human voice imitating a hot trumpet or kazoo solo. 

Some of you, who haven't heard his music before, may still recognise his voice as the original voice behind Disney's Jiminy Cricket.

You can find a lot of his recordings available for download at Somewhere on one of those pages (if you follow the link to is the version of Night Owl that I have (I would embed it but it's on a page with a lot of other songs and it seems you have to embed them all).

This was rather a lazy post, I apologise, but I've been a busy bee today and am very tired, right now. Hopefully, though, it was enjoyable. Perhaps some of you have discovered something new, and I'm sure others of you are already acquainted with his music. For those of you who are already fans, what's your favourite song?

Andi B. Goode

P.S. There's still a little bit of time to enter the giveaway! I'll be drawing the winner tomorrow.


  1. Good morning! So you think of this as a "lazy" post? If so, you put us all to shame!

    This was lovely - and I'm so glad to have been introduced to Cliff. I like "Paper Moon" best. How fun to know that he was the voice behind Jiminy Cricket...

    Keep up the uke playing!

  2. Sarsaparilla: Hehe, it's a lot longer than I originally thought...Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed it! =D

  3. Cliff Edwards is my all-time favorite singer! :) His voice is just perfect! I wrote an article about him for "Silents & Talkies" if you'd like to take a look:

  4. Cliff Edwards was fantastic! I think he sang the best version of "I ain't got nobody but you"! Thank you so much for the lovely post,


  5. I love Cliff Edwards! I have a ton of his songs in my iTunes, but I can't pick a favourite. Although, I do like his version of "Singin' in the Rain" better than Gene Kelly's. I'd forgotten that he was Jiminy Cricket. Thank you so much for posting on him.

  6. Elizabeth: Awesome! Thanks for the link - I must have missed that, somehow.
    Ruby: Glad you enjoyed it - not sure if I know that number (may have to look it up). =D
    The Frog's Eyebrows: You're welcome - I'm glad you enjoyed it. =D

  7. Aww, I like him too. That Oh honey song is adorable.


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