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Ukulele World Record Quest In Calif. Comes Up Short

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Ukulele World Record Quest In Calif. Comes Up Short

Ukulele World Record Quest In Calif. Comes Up Short

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Another documentary film inspired an effort to break a record yesterday. The film is about the ukulele. And after the screening, fans picked up their own ukuleles.

Unidentified Man: This is your moment. Get out your ukes.

(Soundbite of music)

INSKEEP: We're listening to musicians in San Francisco. They'd just seen the film "The Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of A Musical Underdog."

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

They needed 852 instruments to break the record for the largest ukulele ensemble.

(Soundbite of music)

INSKEEP: Aw, they fell short - with around 500 - but still filled a room with instruments.

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Keep on the sunny side of life.

SHAPIRO: Jayme Kelly Curtis of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz was among those who played "Keep on the Sunny Side of Life."

Ms. JAYME KELLY CURTIS (Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz): Cant tell you what it feels like to be in a room with of all these people playing and resonating together in music.

INSKEEP: The record for most ukuleles played at once still belongs to the London Ukulele Festival, which played the Beach Boys hit "The Sloop John B."

(Soundbite of song, "Sloop John B.")

Unidentified Crowd: (Singing) I feel so broke up, I wanna go home.

SHAPIRO: Now, 851 ukulele players may sound impressive, but here are some other records to consider.

INSKEEP: Nine hundred-eighty-nine people played the accordion in Canada in 2005

SHAPIRO: One thousand eight hundred eighty-three played air guitar last year in Australia

INSKEEP: And, in Hong Kong a few years ago, 10,045 people played drums.

(Soundbite of song)

Unidentified Man: (Singing) Well, the orchestra can sell you pretty stories, but this little ukulele tells the truth.

INSKEEP: This is NPR News.

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