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Bill Tapia

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b. 31 Dec 1907, Hawaii. As a man, Tapia started playing the ukulele, a musical instrument that was after that enjoying considerable regional recognition. In 1927, at age 19, he became a member of the Johnny Noble Orchestra, which performed at the recently opened up Royal Hawaiian Resort, popularly referred to as ‘Waikiki’s Green Palace’. As he progressed into a virtuoso performer, Tapia enticed the eye of visiting music artists, such as for example Louis Armstrong, in addition to showbusiness superstars including film superstars Clark Gable and Shirley Temple, and broadcaster Arthur Godfrey, reputedly offering the last mentioned trio ukulele lessons. Afterwards settling within the San Francisco region, Tapia continued to try out throughout succeeding years but didn’t attract much interest elsewhere. Ultimately, Tapia’s startling specialized gifts, that have been undiminished by age group, began appealing to wider attention, along with the discharge in the first 00s of the award-winning documentary film, FOR YOU Sweetheart, Aloha, which tracked his extended life. In 2004, at age 96, he documented his debut record and the next season was to end up being heard frequently in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, playing both single gigs so when leader of the quartet along with his ukulele leading a metal electric guitar, a Spanish electric guitar along with a string bass. He also led another quartet composed of bass participant Ruth Davies, drummer Akira Tana as well as the award-winning Hawaiian vocalist Mihana. The second option is the child of Irmgard Farden Aluli, and an associate of the group Puamana.

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Full Name Bill Tapia
Died December 2, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer
Music Songs I Want to Learn to Speak Hawaiian, Nearness of You, Manuela Boy, Happy Tappy Birthday, Stardust, TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA, My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii, East of the Sun, 'Deed I Do, E Ku'u Morning Dew, It's a Wonderful World, HAPA HAOLE HULA GIRL, Young at Heart, SAMBA DE ORFEU, ON A CLEAR DAY, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, In a Mellow Tone, Satin Doll, Samba De Orpheus, Stars and Stripes Forever, The Lady Is a Tramp, Lady Be Good, All of Me, Perdido, ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE, Crazy, MACK THE KNIFE, Oh, Lady Be Good!, EXACTLY LIKE YOU, MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK, Undecided, Secret Love
Albums Live at the Warner Grand Theatre(The 100th Birthday Concert), Livin' It Live, YOUNG AT HEART - BILL TAPIA Japan Live


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1 He released his first CD, "Tropical Swing", in 2004, when he was age 96.
2 He began his career entertaining World War I troops in 1918.
3 Inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2004.


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To You Sweetheart, Aloha 2004 Documentary Himself

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