says, ‘Ukulele Goes From Stepchild of Guitar to Cool Child’

Some quotes:

‘Ukuleles are replacing recorders for group playing in elementary schools and summer camps;  they are the new quirky instruments for indie rockers; and there are numerous ukulele programs springing up in senior centers. A recently released film called “The Mighty Uke” documents this new trend.’

‘Depending on our age, most of us remember watching Tiny Tim play “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” on Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In,” or listening to Arthur Godfrey strum his uke in his early 1950s radio and TV shows. In both cases, the instrument was mainly a novelty item to support an act (or a shtick in Tiny Tim’s case!)…Today, the uke is being seen as a ”serious” instrument in that it is serious fun to play.’ 

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