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Cliff Edwards (also known as "Ukulele Ike") is best remembered to the world as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the Walt Disney movie Pinocchio and for his recording of When You Wish Upon A Star from the same movie. But Cliff Edwards has many more accomplishments that the world easily forgets with the passage of time. This Internet site attempts to rectify this through the dissemination of information on this wonderful recording artist.
Short Chronology of Cliff's Life
1895 Cliff Edwards was born in Hannibal, Missouri on June 14. One of four children born to Edward and Nellie (Farnum) Edwards.
Cliff Edwards has been credited with selling over 74 million records during his career - a large amount by today's standards. Some of his session men include giants of jazz like Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Dick McDonough, Adrian Rollini, Tony Mottola, Joe Tarto, Frank Trumbauer, and Joe Venuti.
Cliff was a ukulele virtuoso, and is still revered to this day for his uke skills. His uke books are still sought out by today's uke players and collectors.
He appears in over 100 films. He appears on the Broadway stage in nine productions including the Ziegfeld Follies. Cliff had his own radio and pioneering television show.
What a versatile and talented guy!
Cliff finally gets his proper credit and respect in 1977 with the release of Steven Spielberg's movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Cliff is heard over the closing credits singing his trademark song When You Wish Upon A Star. His name also appears in the closing credits.
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