Early life and education The son of a navy pilot, King was born in San Diego. His father's position took the young King to Hawaii for a few years in his childhood, where he was introduced to the ukulele by his mother. Despite his early start in the … see full wiki
Some of you may recall the review I wrote some time ago praising the wonderful CD of Bach played on unaccompanied ukulele. The ukulele master of that CD was John King. I learned yesterday that John King died in April 2009 of a heart attack at his home. He was only 65. Mr King was not only a wonderful ukulele player and classical guitarist, he was also a historian of both Hawaiian music and the ukulele. In addition to his music, he wrote several books on the history of Hawaii, Hawaiian music and the derivation of the ukulele. He also recorded another CD of traditional Hawaiian music for solo ukulele. Both CDs are available at cdbaby.com for $15 each or on Amazon for $19.95 each. In either case, the music on both CDs is so good that either price is worth it.
John King, your music will live on far longer than you did. You will be missed by everyone who loved great music