Male Singers

Cliff Edwards: The Voice of Disney's Jiminy Cricket by David Soren

If Cliff Edwards (Hannibal, Missouri, June 14, 1895 - Hollywood, July 17, 1971)  is remembered at all today it is for two reasons. First is his nickname during his career of Ukulele Ike and the second is his voice-over of the role of Jiminy Cricket in the Walt Disney cartoon Pinocchio of 1940 in which he introduced When You Wish Upon A Star, which was also used as one of Walt Disney's major themes for his television productions. But Edwards had a long and significant career besides this.

Joseph E. Howard: Vaudeville, Broadway and Television by David Soren

Joseph Edgar Howard  (February 12, 1867 – May 19, 1961) had to entertain, from the time he was a tot literally until the moment of his death, which occurred with him having just taken an encore on-stage, 86 years later! His story may have made-up elements to it, as was often the fashion among early entertainers in order to romanticize their pasts, but vaudeville historians can document 9 wives which by itself suggests an extremely colorful life. Joe claimed to have run away from New York City to Saint Louis at the age of 8 and began his career selling newspapers and singing in saloons.