Half-Way to Heaven

3 03 2011

Half-Way to Heaven—A. Dubin/J.R. Robinson, 1928 (Recorded March 3, 2011) This is one of the first tunes I learned on the ukulele. In 1980 when I got my first uke (a cheap starter model), I naturally went on a mad search for anything having to do with the instrument. In those days long before the Internet became popular, information about obscure topics was hard to come by. I wandered into a New York City used-record store and asked the clerk if he had any merchandise to do with the ukulele and he helpfully pointed me to the now hard-to-find The Vintage Recordings of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) LP compilation. I proceeded to grind that groove down to flat vinyl by playing it over and over until Edwards’s uke and vocal styles embedded in my brain. What a revelation!

“Half-Way to Heaven” became my favorite tune on the LP and in learning it I realized what sorts of possibilities existed with ukulele as a musical companion. Thanks, Ukulele Ike, for your continued inspiration to me and anybody else interested in early jazz vocals and the ukulele.

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4 responses

3 03 2011
Dave Davies

Cor Blimey, Guvnah!
You wait ages for one of Patsy’s 100 Songs and three come along at once!
Marvellous, glad you’re on the mend, all the best,
Dan Gereaux

3 03 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Thanks, Dan. Yeah, I’m feeling better and looking forward to catching up!

3 03 2011
Glenn Read

Wow Pat… great great stuff! I was gonna ask you to do a Cliff Edwards song… excellent choice! This is the next song I’m gonna steal from you!
Keep it up pal… I’ll be in touch soon!
Cheers!
Glenn

3 03 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Thanks, Glenn! I hope everything’s going all right. Let’s keep in touch and get together one of these upcoming weekends….

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