Thursday, January 1, 2009
Happy 101st Birthday, Bill Tapia!
Bill Tapia, the Duke of Uke, turns 101 years young today—what a remarkable man & a remarkable musician! Since I’ve already profiled Mr Tapia in an earlier post, I won’t go into the details of his story here, but please: do yourself a favor & give this man’s music a listen. He’d be a uke player worth hearing if he were a quarter of his age. The fact that he’s playing at this level as a centenarian is simply mid-boggling.
Here’s a video that showcases The Duke of Uke’s singing & playing at a show sometime in 2008. A nice uke solo on a great tune—the guitar solo’s none too shabby either. Enjoy! —& a warm aloha from snowy Idaho to the Duke of Uke.