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Bill Tapia

"Tappy"

Bill Tapia

(1908 – 2011)

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Bill Tapia

Bill Tapia
(1908 – 2011)

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Bill Tapia

(1908 – 2011)
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Bill Tapia, known as "Uncle Bill" and "Tappy", he was an American musician, born to Portuguese parents. At age 10, Bill Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.
In his long career beginning in vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.
Bill Tapia died on the 2nd December 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his career in music. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 27th Jun 2015
ron
wrote:
R.I.P.
Remembrance Messages
On 4th Dec 2011
Joshua Cohen
wrote:
Saw Jake Shimabukuro last night (12-3-11) at The Warfield in SF where, before his last song, he paid homage to Bill. It was wonderful. Then after Gently Weeps Jake got a standing ovation and did one more of course. Those of you familiar with Jake may know that after each show he usually sticks around and greets his fans who wait patiently in line to get a photo taken with him, have their uke's signed or get an autograph. I stayed until the line reached its
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Joshua Cohen
message continued:
end and said hello to Jake as I usually do, thanking him for his homage to Bill. A Life Well Played. Bill Tapia, booking heaven now.
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Bill Tapia

This is an online tribute dedicated to Bill Tapia, known as "Uncle Bill" and "Tappy", he was an American musician, born to Portuguese parents. At age 10, Bill Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.
In his long career beginning in vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.
Bill Tapia died on the 2nd December 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his career in music. May he rest in peace.

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