Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Professional ukulele player Bill Tapia isn't slowing down anytime soon, and he's 101 years old. That's right – he's 101.

And he's still touring and playing live shows as if he were a 23-year-old rock star. "I feel 101 years young," he said.

Tapia started playing the ukulele when he was 7 and at age 10 he was playing for World War I Army and Navy soldiers for morale entertainment.

Two years later, Tapia was snatched up by vaudeville at age 12 and delighted audiences with his ukulele skills until he was 15. Then he tried his hand at performing on luxury passenger trips for three years.

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12 comments:

Fats Flannighan said...

Yes he is the "Duke of Uke". Very nice man too, go listen to him.

shotzy said...

if i had to say unequivocally that bill tapia was indeed the best ukulele player of all time i would do so without hesitation and recommend his tunes to anyone wanting to reconnect with "fun" music from a bygone era representing values lost by todays generation of unoriginal stringmen.

Anonymous said...

What are you smoking, Shotz?

BYE BYE 241 said...

Everybody has rights to their own opinion. Our all time favorite is Arthur Godfrey. Sorry Fats.

W.C. Fields said...

how about Godfrey Daniel?

Unibrow said...

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MRS.DANIELS said...

BILL, MY FOURTH HUSBAND'S NAME IS JACK, AND WHAT A LOUT HE IS.

M.GOOSE said...

Thanks for reliving Mr.Tapia for us. Maybe in the next life, if there is one, Bill were to come back as Barney Kessler and play Misty for us.

DICK said...

This is cause for celebration. Work is started in the Bamboo Room ampitheatre for surfing musos. It will have an upgraded sound system to accomadate ukelele strummers. First concert to be second Wednesday of March 2009. Mahalo with Aloha.

Anonymous said...

Dude bro, you wanna see the toll road passed, just call it the 'toke' road. I shall go through.

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Social Outcast said...

The Ukalele was the musical instrument of choice during the Civil War. thats why the south lost. Excuse me, I need to take a big Obama right now.

Dick Chen Ey said...

By George it's GW! He's finally doing something he loves.

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