Bill Tapia: Oldest Man on Stage, Ukalele Player Passed Away Age 103

Posted on Dec 12 2011 at 05:31:36 PM in Entertainment

Tapia played ukulele with the likes of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong and was believed to be the oldest musician still on stage, Tapia died aged 103. A statement on his website said; “Understandably, there has been an outpouring of love for Bill over the past couple of days”  The Honolulu-born musician was the last living link to the earliest days of both jazz and the ukulele as a popular instrument, Tapia was still performing up until last year. Tapia received his first ukulele aged seven, and began his career entertaining troops during World War I. Billboard said of  Tapia “As delightful as it is surprising… Tapia’s 86-year career includes jams with long-gone pioneers of American musidc, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Fats Waller. …Tapia takes his rightful place alongside these greats. He retains a sharp improvisational skill and capable instrumental ability” M★C READ MORE

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Created: Dec 12 2011 at 05:31:36 PM
Updated: Dec 12 2011 at 05:31:36 PM
Category: Entertainment
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