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One of the first viral videos on YouTube in 2006, Jake Shimabukuro's (shee-ma-BOO-koo-roh) instrumental arrangement of the Beatles classic demonstrated a stylistic range and technical virtuosity many people had not previously seen on the ukulele. Shimabukuro went on to become one of the most successful ukulele performers in the world today.
The perennially innovative James Hill--once a member of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble (see "deep cuts")--takes the ukulele back to the future with a unique arrangement of Michael Jackson's classic.
Famous for his transcriptions of the works of J.S. Bach for ukulele using the Baroque campanella style, John King (1953-2009) helped raise the profile of the ukulele through his virtuosic performances of classical and traditional hawaiian folk music, while also co-authoring the only scholarly history of the ukulele to date.
These folks have been doing their thing since the 80s (read: way before ukulele became "cool" again) and have introduced more audiences to the sound of a ukulele ensemble than any other group.
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