Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cliff Edwards

Cliff Edwards, AKA Ukulele Ike, June 14th, 1895- July 14th, 1971. The first man to sing "Singin' in the Rain" in an MGM musical. One of the first, if not THE first, white jazz and scat singers.

A not- so- secret hipster, a gambler, an alcoholic, a virtuoso uke player, a great voice artist in cartoons, a man who squandered millions of dollars (so the sources I consulted say) and the voice of Jiminy Cricket, who taught me to have a conscience and how to spell encyclopedia.

There's plenty of info about Mr. Edwards on the interweb, so I'll keep this one short, and give him the last word. Thanks, Cliff.

Here, then, is Mr. Edwards' shining moment.

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