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For anyone unclear about the quip about Jefferson, Kennedy did go on to explain his exceptional predecessor:

"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

"Someone once said that Thomas Jefferson was a gentleman of 32 who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, and dance the minuet. Whatever he may have lacked, if he could have had his former colleague, Mr. Franklin, here we all would have been impressed."
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Elsewhere on YouTube -- and on record -- you'll find Steve Goodman (with Jethro Burns on mandolin) doing his tribute to Carl Martin, "you'd better get it while you can"
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Wonderful! Came here looking for Kay's version of Blue Christmas, which co-author Jay Johnson once told me was his favorite. Was it a "B" side or on an album? I don't know, but after watching this video I can go away happy. Merry Christmas, Ms. Starr!
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This article seems to confirm my suspicions that I hear a ukulele as part of the band. That Hawaiian craze had made it to the mountains by 1926. http://www.oldtimemusic.com/FHOFBowman.html
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You also should enjoy the song's author, Mark Graham, one of the Kings of Mongrel Folk http://www.mongrelfolk.com/
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Thanks to everyone posting Frank Crumit recordings on YouTube. I don't recall ever hearing his name, but my mother knew some of his songs, including at least the first verse of this one, and the title of "What kind of a noise annoys an oyster?"

And I see by some of the comments that he lived in Western Massachusetts within 25 miles of her when she was a teenager. I wonder if she was a fan -- or even got to perform with him, since she did sing with bands in the area! Alas, about 40 years too late to ask her.
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HomespunTapes.com has this DVD and many more by the late Artie Traum -- whom I was lucky enough to meet (and open for) at a Hartford, Conn., coffeehouse many years ago.
"Artie," I said, "By the way, I bought your 'Jazz Guitar' instruction tapes."
"Oh, so you were the one," he replied.
Funny guy, great teacher, and a real gentleman. I hope many more people actually buy his DVDs and CDs to show his family they appreciate his work.
(His brother, Happy, started Homespun Tapes, back when they really were tapes.)

http://www.homespuntapes.com/Instructors/artie-traum
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Lovely harmonies, both instrumental and vocal. Thanks for connecting on Facebook. Does that tiple have all 10 strings, including the low G, C and E? Its intonation is much better than my Kala's, especially above the 5th fret and between the G and C strings.
[Mine: Gg cCc eEe aa] 
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Oops. Said Kala, meant Ohana. Don't think Kala makes one.

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Great singer! Jay Johnson, co-author of "Blue Christmas," once told me he preferred Kay Starr's version to Elvis's... but i'm still looking for it here.
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What are all of these copies of (apparently) Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting doing here on YouTube identified as Bing and Doris, with slideshows to match? Good song, fun performance, but different singers.
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Lovely! I have never heard a recording of this but have seen it in many old song books. For instance, a 1948 IOCA Songfest songbook from the intercollegiate Outing Club Association, courtesy of a friend. I suspect versions of the song made it into college songbooks for half a century, with varied degrees of naughtiness.
My book's version replaces "student fellow" with "Princeton student" and every northeastern university may have had its own version.
When the train goes into the tunnel, mine offers a full verse of "Da da da da da da, da da da da da..." to let collegiate imaginations fill in the action. And the final verse ends, "Student's hair is tousled, tie is messed as well
Tiny hairpin in mustache, doesn't he look swell?"
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I've seen "fiddle sticks" style duets on a fiddle, but never on an 8-string uke before! Cliff Edwards (ukulele uke) high scat improv was always great. Buster Keaton's baritone scat is terrific too... and I think the third doughboy pantomiming a bass with his rifle sings a few jug band style bass notes too. 3-part scat... shades of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross years later!
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mild-mannered reporter turned media studies professor with ukulele
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When not trying to remember old Dave Van Ronk licks on the guitar or attempting to merge my ukulele version of "Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" with Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little 16," or listening to radio shows from before I was born and blogging about them at http://jheroes.com, I teach journalism and Web stuff at a small public university in southwest Virginia.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Mass Comm & InfoSci
  • Wesleyan University
    Computers & Writing, Anthro & Music
  • University of Connecticut
    English
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