I've always wondered who played the incidental music on the Beverly Hillbillies TV show. Not the Bluegrass theme song - that was Flatt and Scruggs. Everyone knows that.Some superb ukulele playing, too. Don't miss Ain't She Sweet. And check out the discussion over on the Fleamarket Music Bulletin Board.
But the "bubbly electric guitar" background music you heard when Ellie Mae descended the staircase in a sequined gown. Or when they sh...owed the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills.
It was Perry Botkin. Botkin had a long career in music - most notibly as Bing Crosby's musical director.
Monster guitarist and uke player.
Now I can finish learning the Ellie Mae tune.
Ellie's tune starts at 3:04. But watch the whole clip, it's very cool.
Also courtesy of Gerald, here's Perry uking with Ozzie Nelson from an Ozzie and Harriet episode. Yep, that Harry Owens hosting the luau. (You'll find some more Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians here.)
Finally, you'll find a recording of Perry Botkin's signature Ukey-Uke on Jim Beloff's Paradise Lost & Found CD. Jim just posted "Ukey Ukulele" in the Jukebox section under Jim Beloff songs and recordings. Sez Jim:
On this version the uke and drums are played by Abe Lagrimas Jr. and bass by Randy Wong. It's very much inspired by the original recording by Perry.Mahalo, Gerald!