Jake Shimabukuro is one of the greatest ukulele players in the world. He was born in Hawaii and is a fifth generation Japanese-American. Jake first became famous in Hawaii and then Japan but was largely unknown in the rest of the world until someone posted a video of Jake playing George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps on YouTube. That video became one of the very first YouTube videos to go viral with over 12 million views. Since then he has released many albums, including the soundtracks of 2 Japanese movies (Hula Girls in 2007 and Sideways in 2009), and has had a documentary movie made about his life and career, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
Over The Rainbow was written for the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and was originally sung by Judy Garland. The song has been recorded by many different artists. The best know version, after the original, was recorded by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole as part of a medley with Louis Armstong‘s What a Wonderful World with ukulele accompaniment. This version from Jake is an instrumental version also played on solo ukulele that was recorded on the 74th anniversary of the original Hollywood premiere of the film on 15 August 1939. The video contains a long spoken introduction from Jake telling about about the recording of the song for his album Grand Ukulele, including about his watching the film again.
You can buy Over The Rainbow, from Grand Ukulele, on iTunes.