Bassist Deceased Jazz Musician Ukulele
( January 10, 1930 - March 3, 2017 )
from the Lyle Ritz web site
( In the studio with Ray Charles ) "Lyle Joseph Ritz" (born January 10, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American jazz ukulele musician who was a key part of the Hawaii ukulele genre. As part of the "The Wrecking Crew", Ritz contributed to many American pop hits from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. He was inducted to the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum in 2007 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.
Lyle Ritz began his music career as a college student working at the Southern California Music Company in Los Angeles, CA. Responsible for the small goods department, he demonstrated instruments including the ukulele, which was being popularized by Arthur Godfrey at the time. He purchased a Gibson tenor ukulele for his own use. Drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, Ritz played tuba in the United States Army Band. Stationed at Fort Ord, Ritz learned to play the acoustic bass. While on leave, Ritz visited the Music Company and played a few tunes on the ukulele at the urging of his colleagues. Unbeknownst to him, Guitarist Barney Kessel, a talent scout for Verve Records, was standing there.
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Additional Information for: Lyle Ritz
Lyle Recorded No Frills with:
- M-Audio MobilePre
- M-Audio Keystation 49e
- Sony MDRV-900 Stereo Headphones
- Ko’olau custom acoustic-electric tenor ukulele
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- Lyle Ritz: 2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
- allmusic.com: Lyle Ritz
- Bassist Lyle Ritz: Father of Jazz Ukulele — This is a great article on Lyle Ritz. Great story on how he got a Verve recording contract. You never who is listening your playing!