Lyle Ritz may be the most famous Portland jazz great you might never have heard of. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking album, “How About Uke?” — the world's first jazz ukulele recording.
Ritz may not be a household name, but you've almost certainly heard him playing bass on pop hits like The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations,” Sonny and Cher's “The Beat Goes On,” and The Righteous Brothers “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.”
This year, Lyle Ritz was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame at the Portland Uke Fest. And at 77 years old, Ritz is not slowing down.
He recorded his latest CD all by himself on his laptop computer, playing both ukulele and bass. Producer Heidi Chang has his story.
From NPR - Bassist Lyle Ritz: Father of Jazz Ukulele