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Joe Brown – The Ukulele Album

05 Nov

The latest offering from the uke-playing rock & roller (often incorrectly described as a ‘Chirpy Cockney’, despite the fact he was born in Lincolnshire), is an entire album of songs arranged for ukulele. Also appearing are his daughter, Sam, & her band, the International Ukulele Club Of Sonning Common.

There’s an interesting mix of uke standards – including Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows; favourites such as I’ll See You In My Dreams; the Chas ‘n’ Dave singalong There’s No Pleasing You; plus more unexpected numbers, including Pinball Wizard & Mr Blue Sky.

All the tunes are available for preview on YouTube. As my parents had a greengrocers shop in Sarf London, here’s my musatoid choice.

Jeanette

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4 responses to “Joe Brown – The Ukulele Album

  1. Ron

    November 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Where can we buy the album and is choice to be included in Pluc song list?

     
    • webmasterpluc

      November 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Ron – it’s just been released today (5/11) so should be available on-line & from all good record stores (& some bad ones, too).
      I dunno whether the choice will make it onto the PLUC songlist; when I first found the tune several months ago it amused me!
      Jeanette

       
  2. redpaul1

    November 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Music history trivia: Joe Brown was the only member of Larry Parnes stable who refused to allow Mr Parnes, Shillings & Pence to change his name, unlike Tommy Hicks (Tommy Steele), Clive Powell (Georgie Fame), Reg Patterson (Marty Wilde – father of Sam), Ron Wycherley (Billy Fury); but even then plain “Joe Brown” seemed preferable to “Elmer Twitch”
    (Read all about it on the best blog on 20th century London: Another Nickel In The Machine)

     
    • redpaul1

      November 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Oops! I meant “father of Kim”, not “father of Sam” – that would be Joe himself :)

       

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