Upbeat and versatile, the ukulele is popular among musicians and perfect for any musical genre. Established uke artists are well-known … but did you know that many figures in popular culture—including move stars, comedians, businessmen, athletes, politicians, and more—also strum this delightful instrument?
Before we introduce you to several unlikely uke players, let’s first appreciate some ukulele virtuosos. A few (but by no means all!) include:
Singers often accompany their bands and themselves on the uke, like George Harrison of the Beatles, Tiny Tim, Elvis, Taylor Swift, wunderkind Grace VanderWaal, and more.
You might be surprised, though, to discover that many celebrities and public figures can play the uke—for public performance, relaxation, and/or as a hobby. Selected examples include:
If you haven’t already tried the uke, hopefully this list of “unlikely” ukulele players provides some inspiration. Don’t feel intimidated or that you need to be an accomplished musician to pick one up. Enjoyment of this wonderful instrument is for everyone! Take a look at Ukutune’s collection of ukuleles.