Gerald Ross | Ukulele Hit Parade

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Ukulele Hit Parade

by Gerald Ross

2009 Hawaii Music Awards winning CD! An eclectic collection of instrumental favorites. Swing, blues, pop, Latin and south sea flavored selections performed on the ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar. Solo ukulele, uke/steel duets and full band arrangements
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. A Smo-o-oth One
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2:26 album only
2. Samba De Orfeu
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2:57 album only
3. California Girls
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2:40 album only
4. Sleepwalk
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3:10 album only
5. Sabor a Mi
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2:42 album only
6. You Don't Know Me
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2:49 album only
7. One Mint Julep
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2:50 album only
8. Things We Said Today
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2:34 album only
9. The Gypsy
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3:08 album only
10. Canadian Sunset
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2:20 album only
11. Apache
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2:28 album only
12. He Aloha No Honolulu
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3:22 album only
13. Runaway
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14. Music to Watch Girls By
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15. Mercy Mercy Mercy
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Album Notes
Just added! Ukulele Hit Parade won the 2009 Hawaii Music Awards.

A classic hit collection of the greatest, most requested, all time favorite, best loved, solid gold, chart topping radio hits electronically recorded and instrumentally performed on the Ukulele and Hawaiian Steel Guitar.

All the songs on this CD were radio hits at one time or another during the twentieth century. Of course I chose to arrange and play them on the ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar. I play all the instruments heard on the disk.


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Barbara J

I am having the time of my life listening...
I am having the time of my life listening, dancing, humming, and sometimes playing my marimba along with your magnificent albums. Thank you for recording so many classic standards so beautifully.


As always, your production is top-notch and your
musicianship is wonderful. My wife wanted me to tell you that she absolutely loves "Sleepwalk" and your rendition of it is brilliant. I agree.

Craig T.

The variety, the style and the evident skill are amazing!
This is a wonderful CD. The variety, the style and the evident skill are amazing. Gerald has such a touch across so many kinds of music and brings such life to the ukulele. The rhythms, the varying strumming styles, the SWING....all really amazing.

As an intermediate student of the instrument I want to say that this CD is an inspiration. I know how hard it can be to coax a variety of sounds out of the instrument and Gerald does it so seemingly! effortlessly.

Dave T.

One song worth the price of admission.
Gerald's version of Sleepwalk is "to die for". This one song is alone worth the price of admission!

Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"

Guitar hits creatively re-imagined for the uke and Hawaiian Steel Guitar
I first discovered ukeist Ross from a track that was on an Acoustic Radio DJ Sampler. I'm a huge ukulele fan - whether it be the 20s style of Ian Whitcomb, the amazing jazz improves of Jake Shimabukuro and, yes, even Eddie Vedder (who plays amazingly well on his new solo uke CD). So I wanted to hear the whole CD as well as his other releases. While all are a delight to listen to, this one is , by far, my favorite.

Ross takes pop hits from the 50s, and 60s and rearranges them for uke or Hawaiian steel guitar. (It would be too confusing to title the album " Ukulele and Hawaiian Steel Guitar Hit Parade!). There rock and roll, like the Beach Boys' "California Girls", 50s pop orchestral pieces (Hugo Winterhalter's "Canadian Sunset") and even a GUITAR standard Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk") which sounds like it was handcrafted for Ross' fingers. Another well-known GUITAR piece, Jordan Ingman's "Apache" makes the change beautifully as well. Even a tune that - in it's original form - makes me cringe (Bob Crewe's "Music to Watch Girls By"), is fun to hear.

Check out some samples to get an idea of Ross' arrangements and playing technique and decide for yourself. I know I'm now a fan. If you are a uke lover too, I think you will be also.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"