Friday, 17 May 2019

784) Wendell Hall

Wendell Woods Hall (1896 – 1969). American country singer, vaudeville artist, songwriter, pioneer radio performer, Victor recording artist and ukulele player.
Hall was known as the Red-haired Music Maker and the Pineapple Picador in his recording heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1923, he released the song "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'," which sold over two million copies in the United States. The song is also considered the first musical hit on radio. He wrote "Underneath the Mellow Moon" and "Carolina Rose". Hall also wrote songs with Carson Robison and Art Gillham.
He performed on a variety of stringed instruments, including the standard ukulele, the taropatch ukulele, banjo, and the hybrid banjolele, as well as the tiple.
On June 4, 1924, Hall married Marion Martin. The wedding was performed live on the radio, believed to be the first broadcast ceremony in history.

- "As dealers were gathering, a shabbily dressed, red-haired Hall arrived..."  https://books.google.it/books…

- "They had their own brand name too though, and like the other manufacturers of the time Regal Ukuleles were "endorsed" but the stars of the day with some like Wendell Hall having their own signature models including the Red Head - Hall had red hair."  https://sites.google.com/site/ukulelemakers/p-q-r/regal

- "Buttressed by the kind of isibility Hall had gained, the company tied his bright red hair to their product..."  https://books.google.it/books…

- "Wendall Hall was a popular singer, songwriter and vaudeville performer the 1920s whose bright red hair earned him the title of the Red Headed Music Maker."  https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/…/c-1927-soprano-regal-ukul…

- "Evidently, he had flaming red hair, so the ukulele was called the "Red Head".  https://www.worthpoint.com/…/regal-wendell-hall-red-head-uk…



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