Cliff "UKelele Ike" Edwards was a popular vaudeville star of the 1920s and '30s. More than any other performer, Edwards was responsible for the soaring popularity of the ukulele in the Jazz Age. He sold a staggering 74 million records and appeared in 100 films as well as on his own radio and TV shows. Though, as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio he continues to be heard, his name has nonetheless slipped into obscurity.
Cliffton A. Edwards was born on June 14, 1895 in Hannibal -- the hometown of fellow Missourian, Mark Twain. After hearing a wax cylinder on a trip to St. Louis, Edwards became interested in music. At fourteen, he dropped out of school and moved to St. Louis where he picked up the ukulele and began performing in... Read More