We’ve realised that many of the songs we bring along to club nights are old standards. The last time we brought in a more ‘modern’ batch of tunes (actually ’70s & ’80s numbers!), we were requested to dig out some Irving Berlin, so I was researching numbers written nearly a century ago.
Perhaps because of the different eras when ukuleles have been popular, it seems that Tin Pan Alley numbers are very suited to the instrument. Regular reader Tom Peters (who writes the Asperger’s Ukulele blog), often performs & discusses these songs. His recent articles have included renditions of Honey (1929 – Seymore Simons, Haven Gillespie & Richard A Whiting) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (also 1929 – Fats Waller, Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf).