RTU's Gallery of Tiny Ukers

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Tiny Ukers

During the three years we were in production on Rock That Uke, and well before the existence of our website, RTU producer and co-director Bill Robertson embarked on the peculiar hobby of taking historic images of ukulele players and making small animated .gif files out of them--or, as he called them, "tiny ukers." As production progressed, he expanded the activity to living ukulele players. Eventually, the tiny ukers were incorporated into the website's design and became a winning aspect of its look. But the truth is, Bill made them because...well...um...because he was compelled. The urge would come and go. Times of stress during the production of RTU would often lead to highly prolific "tiny uker" output. Exactly what motivated Bill's decisions regarding which images he would choose to "tiny uker-ize" remains a mystery. Bill himself will only say that the activity "relaxed him."

Then finally the night when "relaxation" turned to addiction. One night, in the final days of post production, Bill woke up in a fevered sweat, screaming and slapping himself all over his body, wailing "They're everywhere! They're everywhere! They're crawling all over me! Can't you see them?! Can't you see them??!!

And we all knew it was time for Bill to stop.

The collection below is not intended as a definitive gallery of the greatest ukuleleists now or in history. It is merely, and quite literally, the animated graphic image file of one man's psyche over the course of three years.


Prince Jack HeleluheKeoki AwaiAnthony ZablanKamikiErnest KaaiGeorge KiaMme. Anehila of the Honolulu Students

J. Kalani PetersonDuke Kekulu KomakuAlbert "Sonny" CunhaJennie M. DurkeeCarl FischerMay Singhi Breen, aka "The Ukulele Lady"Dave Langlands

Richard "Ukulele Dick" KonterE.S. "Ukulele" Hughes, aka "Wizard of the Uke"Frank CrumitCliff Edwards, aka "Ukulele Ike""Ukulele Bob" WilliamsRoy Smeck, aka "The Wizard of the Strings"Johnny Marvin, aka "The Ukulele Ace," aka "Honey Duke"

Joseph "Ukulele Joe" ThomasArt FowlerKit Kramer of The Maryland CollegiansWendell Hall, aka "The Red-Headed Music Maker"Kathryn Pulley of The Golden Gate Concert CompanyJoseph RogersBilly & Doris Harley

The Wainwright SistersGeorge FormbyHenry K. KailimaiLemoine "Lemon" NashHarry Frankel, aka "The Barbarsol Man"Alfred Apaka

Moana LoveJesse KalimaSol K. BrightArthur GodfreyAunty Genoa KeoweJohnny Kaaihue, aka "Johnny Ukulele"Nelson Waikiki

Lyle RitzHerb Ohta, aka "Ohta-san"Lewis Anderson "Rabbit" MuseEddie Kamae of The Sons of HawaiiMoe Keale of The Sons of HawaiiHerbert Buckingham Khaury, aka "Tiny Tim"

Ian WhitcombNeil Armstrong, First Ukuleleist on the MoonFred Fallinrobert wheeler, founder of Ukulele ConsciousnessMargie, robert wheeler's Beloved 4th WifeMike Longworth, famed ukulele luthier

Stan VerdiTravis HarrelsonRobert Armstrong of the Cheap Suit SerenadersIsrael Kamakawiwo'ole, aka "Bradda Iz"Teresa BrightJake Shimabukuro

Dave Wasser of the Ukulele Hall of Fame MuseumSue Abbotson of the Ukulele Hall of Fame MuseumPaul Syphers of the Ukulele Hall of Fame MuseumJordan Sommers of the Ukulele Hall of Fame MuseumTom Walsh of the Ukulele Hall of Fame MuseumNuni Walsh of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum

Rhonda Roberts of T.R.U.E. (The Rhonda Ukulele Experience)Joel "Ukulele Eck" Eckhaus"Jumpin'" Jim Beloff of Flea Market MusicPhyllis Capello, aka "Dr. Ukulele Lady"Ralph "King of the Ukulele" ShawMarianne Brogan of The Portland Ukulele AssociationEddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

Christina Marrs of the Asylum Street SpankersLarry D.Richard "Heinous" Rynes of The Stretch LinksJanet KleinDenny Moynahan, aka "King Kukulele"Casey Korder, aka The Rumble PupsJacob Austin, webmaster of the 'Rumble Pups - Ukulele Consciousness' parody blog

John Derevlany of Uke Til U PukeRob Moritz of Uke Til U PukePamela Schulting of Pineapple PrincessBeth Allen of Pineapple PrincessSteve Salardino of UkefinkJason Holley of UkefinkFrank Novicki

Oliver BrownCarmaig de ForestSkizz CyzykAlan Drogin of Songs From a Random HouseSteven Swartz of Songs From a Random HouseDon Peyton

Del Ray of the Yes Yes BoysStephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields"Animal" of Bitch & AnimalJason Tagg of Sonic UkeTed Gottfried of Sonic UkeDonna Lee, aka Day-Z DazeTom "Ukulele Man" Harker

Ani DiFrancoStephen "Uke Jackson" DelauroVictoria Jackson"Catfish Carl" SchneiderBob BrozmanBoo Takagi

Petty BookaAlistair "Azo" BellPhil "Ukuphilele" DonnisonMozJudy "Ukulele Lola" BackhouseRose Turtle Ertler

Marc & Eveline, aka Louis & LaiyaStefan RaabMatthew A. CharleCyril Lefebvre of Ukulele Club de ParisVintage Songbook HowlerGumbyKey Strummer Guy

Sponge Bob SquarepantsCarmaig de Forest, the beloved Saturday morning children's cartoon characterElvisVintage Sheet Music SerenaderUke Pin-Up GalOliver Hardy in Sons of the DesertAnonymous Sailor

RTU producer & co-director William Preston Robertson