About That’s My Weakness

How can you resist lyrics like these?

He’s got a “ha- cha-cha”
I never liked a “ha-cha-cha”
But he’s got a “ha-cha-cha”

What’s more- – What’s more- – Oh!
I know he knows what “ha-cha-cha” is for…

This one's a blast to play, easy to get folks to sing along with, and has slightly risque lyrics — what's not to love?

Here's a version by 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.”

And here's Helen Kane:

Helen Kane was the first person to add “ukulele” in front of her name, the quickly remove it and never use it again. 🙂 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.


Interesting sidenotes 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).

Quaint Customs

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. Both versions of “That’s My Weakness Now” shown here are from 1928.

Let's go play the song!