Roy Smeck - Tiger Rag

In the 1970's the interest in ukulele disappeared because of one man, Tiny Tim and his song "Tip Toe Through the tulips".

Somewhere Over the Rainbow 

The sad part of this story is that IZ struggled with his weight for most of his life and sadly died at the young age of 38, leaving behind a wife and young daughter.

Celebrate the Life and Music of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole

Cliff Edwards - Singin' In The Rain 1929 Ukulele Ike

1993 - Hawaiian Musician Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole made the world take notice of the ukulele again.

From World War II to 1960's the ukulele continued to gain interest.

Tiny Tim's  appearance and demeanor were eccentric: shy and demure, he was also very tall with long, curly hair and an extraordinary falsetto voice.

Sadly, Tiny Tim closed the era of extreme popularity of the instrument on the mainland without making a bridge to the future.

Ukulele lessons for your classroom

1910 -1930's  The ukulele was very popular.

Here is a short video history of just a few of the great ukulele musicians.     Part 1

Elvis Presley - Hawaiian Sunset from the film Blue Hawaii

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