Bill Tapia passes away at 103

In some sad ukulele news this week, the Godfather of all things ukulele, Bill Tapia has passed away at his South Californian home at the grand age of 103.

Playing since the age of seven, Bill was widely acknowledged to be the world’s oldest performing musician. His career has taken him from entertaining troops during World War 1 and 2, to working with a diverse range of stars including Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Clarke Gable and Shirley Temple.


He was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2004. Here’s the late, great Bill at a young 100 years of age performing I Wanna Learn To Speak Hawaiian:

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