What banjolele did George Formby play?
Gibson UB3 banjolele
A banjo ukulele owned by popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby is to be auctioned, with an estimated sale price of £30,000. Hansons Auctioneers said the Gibson UB3 banjolele is expected to attract worldwide interest at the sale on 30 June, in Etwall, Derbyshire.
What instrument did George Formby?
In 1923 Formby started to play the ukulele, although the exact circumstances of how he came to play the instrument are unknown, and he introduced it into his act during a run at the Alhambra Theatre in Barnsley.
Who played the ukulele in the 50s?
It was Arthur Godfrey, and in the baby days of television, the early 1950s, the “Ole Redhead,” as he called himself, was the undisputed king.
Who played the ukulele originally?
The instrument, with its four plastic strings and a short neck, originated in Europe and was introduced to Hawaii in 1879 when a Portuguese immigrant named Joao Fernandez jumped off the boat and started strumming and singing with his branguinha (a small guitar-like instrument, sometimes called the machete).
What tuning did George Formby use?
Concert and Tenor tuned to C so could be the ADF#B, D tuning. I think tuning all 3 sizes to C is a more modern idea. He used a variety of tunings to suit the vocal range of the songs. I’ve got a couple of dozen songs with chords and lyrics somewhere.
Who is the greatest ukulele player of all time?
Honolulu-born Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole’s famous strummed and sung medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” is now instantly recognizable around the world. Named “the voice of Hawaii” by NPR, he is noted as one of the best Hawaiian musicians of all time.
Does Taylor Swift play the ukulele?
For those who don’t know yet, Taylor Swift can play many instruments. The world-renowned artist also loves to accompany his sweet voice with various stringed instruments such as guitar (classical and electric), piano, banjo and ukulele.