Time period: Pre-WWII
Date nominated: Aug 25, 2018
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Nobody embodies the novelty / hot jazz of the â€™20â€™s more than Cliff Edwards. Nicknamed â€œUkulele Ikeâ€, he was responsible for the popularity of the ukulele and also developed a falsetto scat singing style called â€˜Effinâ€™ that closely resembles kazoo solos of the time. He was a member of Fred Ozarkâ€™s Jug Blowers from 1924, a novelty kazoo group that didnâ€™t have a jug player but did trade on the idea of rural folk playing jugs.
Cliff had great success in Vaudeville, and sold 74 million records. In 1928, he had a #1 hit with â€œI Canâ€™t Give You Anything But Loveâ€ where he sang, played ukulele, and blew a sweet jug solo, marking the only #1 hit song featuring a jug solo.
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