Cliff Edwards – Side by Side (1927)


Cliff Edwards – Side by Side (1927) – Cliff Edwards (June 14,1895 – July 17,1971), known as “Ukelele Ike”, was an American singer and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s. He had a number-one hit with “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1929. Edwards was born Clifton A. Edwards in Hannibal, Missouri. He left school at age 14 and soon moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he entertained as a singer in saloons. As many places had pianos in bad shape or none at all, Edwards taught himself to play ukulele (then often spelled “ukelele”) to serve as his own accompanist (selecting that instrument as it was the cheapest in the music store). He got the nickname “Ukelele Ike” from a club owner who could not remember his name. He got his first break in 1918 at the Arsonia Cafe in Chicago, Illinois, where he performed a tune called “Ja Da”, written by the club’s pianist, Bob Carleton. Edwards and Carleton made the tune a hit on the vaudeville circuit. Vaudeville headliner Joe Frisco hired Edwards as part of his act, which was featured at the Palace in New York City, the most prestigious theater in vaudeville, and then in the Ziegfeld Follies. Edwards made his first phonograph records in 1919. He recorded early examples of jazz scat singing in 1922. The following year he signed a contract with Pathé Records. He became one of the most popular singers of the decade, and appeared in several Broadway shows. He recorded, in his distinctive style, many of the pop and novelty hits of the day, such as


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