He’s got a “ha- cha-cha”
I never liked a “ha-cha-cha”
But he’s got a “ha-cha-cha”
And THAT’S MY WEAKNESS NOW
What’s more- – What’s more- -
Oh! I know he knows what “ha-cha-cha” is for…
Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)
As far as I know, Cliff Edwards was the first ukulele performer to add “Ukulele” as part of his name. It’s always bothered me a bit that so many people do it now. And it seems to mostly be ukulele players–you don’t know often hear of “Oboe Pete” or “Tambourine Johnson.”
Also from 1928. One reason I like this 1920s songs so much, is that they manage to make virtually every number sound like a novelty song. Yes, a touch of humor and whimsey, but swingin’ just the same.
Paul Whiteman was a highly regarded jazz guy, despite looking almost exactly like Oliver Hardy from Laurel and Hardy. (Paul Whiteman at Amazon).
And Helen Kane again!
Our most represented artist so far. You can read all about whether or not she was the inspiration for Betty Boop (at Wikipedia), but you can’t deny she’s got the perfect boop-boop-a-doop voice for these songs.
This version went to number 5 in 1928!
Flip side was “Get Out and Get Under the Moon,” which is coming soon in our list of nearly perfect ukulele songs.
More on Ukulele Ike:
Cliff Edwards made his “ukulele name” work for him, mostly by being insanely good. He’s famous for a lot of things not directly ukulele related:
- he introduced the song “Singin’ in the Rain” on Broadway, years before the movie
- he may be the first person to have “scatted” on record
- and he later was the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney’s Pinocchio movie
I like his version of “That’s My Weakness Now” because he’s actually playing it on ukulele–that’s makes it sound potentially wimpy, but–well, just listen. (More Cliff Edwards at Amazon)
It doesn’t happen much these days, that the same song is released by multiple artists at the same time.
But back when, it was common practice. Whenever a song was popular, everybody jumped all over it and released their own versions. All three of versions of “That’s My Weakness Now” shown here are from 1928.
About the Sheet Music
This is a fun one to play. It’s another one in funky old-style tuning, A D F# B, and they instruct you to put a capo on the first fret, which would move all the notes another step higher.
If you did all that (re-tuning plus capo), the chord diagram that looks like a C (as we know it), would be an Eb! (The piano music is in the key of Eb, so the goal with the capo is to get you in the same key as the piano, without having to do a bunch of crazy fingering).
How to Simplify
The easiest thing to do, is just follow the chord diagrams, and don’t worry about the chord names. Then the one that looks like a C–you would just play a C chord. You’ll be playing and singing two steps below the way it’s written, but no one will know but you and your sore throat.