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12-02-2011, 10:12 AM
Bill Tapia passed away.

http://www.facebook.com/billtapia (https://www.facebook.com/billtapia)

12-02-2011, 10:14 AM
Total Bummer. I listen to him on my Pandora channel every day. It will be tough to fill that void.

God's speed Bill.

12-02-2011, 10:32 AM
Just read the news myself, sad to hear Uncle Bill is gone. Thanks to Bill for all he gave us!

12-02-2011, 10:34 AM
I didn't know he was 103! The powers of the uke!

Hippie Dribble
12-02-2011, 10:37 AM
sad news indeed. Bill has been one of my heroes for many years. He's a performer who epitomised the pure joy and exhuberance we've come to associate with the ukulele. Great sense of humour, suave as all heck, and virtuosic skill. Glad he was still with us to see the release of his last live recording

12-02-2011, 10:43 AM
What an amazing life lived to the fullest. RIP Bill.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
12-02-2011, 11:33 AM
Our great friend and grandfather of the Ukulele, Bill Tapia passed last night in his sleep at age 103.

Volumes of stories and praise will be written for our wonderful friend, and many will do so at a later time,
but for now all our prayers and thoughts are with Bill, his family and many friends.

Aloha Bill. Your legacy remains

EDIT: My bad. I didn't realized this news had been posted earlier.

12-02-2011, 11:37 AM
RIP Bill Tapia. He was a legend of the ukulele and music in general. Created history and lived through it no one will ever be like him.

12-02-2011, 11:44 AM
Wow...one of my absolute favorite Ukesters....He'll be missed.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
12-02-2011, 11:48 AM
RIP Bill Tapia. He was a legend of the ukulele and music in general. Created history and lived through it no one will ever be like him.

Ninety years of creating music! He got his first ukulele from none other than Manuel Nunes. No, there will be no other like him......

mm stan
12-02-2011, 11:50 AM
Mahalo Nui Bill for all you have entertained and taught us about music and the ukulele...and keeping the ukulele movement alive..Rip buddy...I know you will be strummin' that uke up there..

12-02-2011, 11:53 AM
Very sad day for music in general & the ukulele in particular. Was listening to his birthday concert CD just yesterday. What a legacy he leaves...

Aloha, Tappy!

12-02-2011, 11:55 AM
He will be missed. Almost 104 years old. Lot'sa Ukulele Joy spread in those years I'm sure. RIP.

12-02-2011, 12:08 PM
This is very sad news. He was an incredible man. Never stop doing what you love, that's what he taught me.

mm stan
12-02-2011, 12:15 PM
He grew up in the same neighborhood as me a streeto over... about 50 years earlier...Amazing man dedicated to music and the ukulele....Rip Bill mahalo for all you've done and the memories..
Yup from Liliha as well..Just off Kuakini Street across the street of Kuakini Hospital......Da Ole stomping grounds..

Ronnie Aloha
12-02-2011, 12:30 PM
My condolences to the Tapia family. Mr. Tapia thank you for the memories. Its the end of an era in Ukulele.

12-02-2011, 12:32 PM
RIP Bill. The music in Heaven just got a whole lot sweeter!

12-02-2011, 12:56 PM
EDIT: My bad. I didn't realized this news had been posted earlier.

Bill deserves all the postings he can get.
His influence on ukulele will live forever.

12-02-2011, 01:06 PM
With all the different styles of music he played, he truly was an ambassador for the 'ukulele.
Thank you Bill for you lifetime of great music.

Gods speed

12-02-2011, 01:55 PM
http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/autojuice?targetUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.hawaiinewsnow .com%2fstory%2f16176698%2fukulele-musician-bill-tapia-dies-at-age-103

12-02-2011, 01:56 PM
My deepest condolences to the Tapia Family. Ahnko Bill, much mahalos fo everyting you gave us! You goin be missed, A Hui Hou . . .

12-02-2011, 02:07 PM
Heres a story from Hawaii newspaper

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/autojuice?targetUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.hawaiinewsnow .com%2fstory%2f16176698%2fukulele-musician-bill-tapia-dies-at-age-103

12-02-2011, 02:46 PM
Sad news indeed. Deepest sympathies goes out to the Tapia family. :(

12-02-2011, 03:14 PM
Yep sad news. However his life is incredible: opened the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and i think he closed it too. He gave us a wonderfully filled long existence. Thanks Bill and Bon Voyage. As long as I live, I'll certainly never forget him.

12-02-2011, 03:33 PM
Uncle Bill Kaiwa also passed away a few days ago as well.

12-02-2011, 04:44 PM
just saw this article posted on facebook


wow almost 104, he certainly lived a full life :) RIP

12-02-2011, 05:04 PM
Sad....my thoughts are with his family

12-02-2011, 06:44 PM
So sad to hear the news :( but he lived an amazing life, and he will live on in our hearts forever :)

mm stan
12-02-2011, 06:52 PM
Uncle Bill Kaiwa also passed away a few days ago as well.

Saw his passing as well..in da obits...Rip Uncle Bill... Mahalo Nui too...

12-03-2011, 02:24 AM


12-03-2011, 03:07 AM
I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to speak with "Uncle Bill" directly when I interviewed him for Ukulele Player Magazine. Bill told me, though, that he never played backup for Louis Armstrong, but he jammed with him and hung out with the band for a while. He also got "stoned" thanks to one of Satchmo's band members that gave him a joint "as big as Baltimore" (reference to "Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent").

I could tell that Bill Tapia was still "Livin' Live" and enjoying himself at that time. I knew, too, that he had been ill lately, so I expected this and I am sure that people close to him did, too.

Gone, maybe, but Bill will never be forgotten.

I'll re-run the interview and also write an article for the next issue of Ukulele Player as a memorial to "Tappy" (RIP).

12-03-2011, 11:58 AM
I just saw this on twitter, RIP "Tappy", your love for the Ukulele was felt by many, heaven has a special place for you!

12-03-2011, 01:31 PM
RIP Bill, a true legend and old skool celebrity, what a wonderful, colourful ,full filling and amazing life you had, gone but never forgotten my thoughts go out to all who were close to you, god bless you .

12-03-2011, 02:16 PM
Wow, I never knew of Bill Tapia until this thread. Appreciate learning about him, and I enjoyed the utube link in the prior post. Thanks.

12-03-2011, 07:27 PM
Rip Bill, an amazing talent, an amazing life, an amazing man

12-04-2011, 03:05 AM
I was so sad to hear about Bill. My condolences to his family and loved ones. I went back to watch some of his videos on YouTube again. He was such a cool person, and his love for ukulele was infectious. His playing looked effortless!

Chris Tarman
12-04-2011, 12:17 PM
I saw this news on Facebook on my iPhone yesterday as I was setting up for a bass gig. What a well-lived life. In his younger days, he looked a lot like a guitarist friend of mine from high school. He was an inspiration to uke players, and should be to EVERYONE. Do what you love, and love what you do.

12-04-2011, 07:22 PM
Met him at NYUF few years ago, and helped Kickstart his cd. Great guy. Sad to hear him go...

12-05-2011, 02:45 AM
I was attending a concert he performed at near where I lived a few years back. He had a lot of energy and enthusiaam for an old performer. I'll miss him.

12-05-2011, 04:36 AM
I searched here this morning and didn't see anything posted...so I thought I'd post something on Bill Tapia's passing. According to Pat 'Palika' Enos, Bill passed peacefully in his sleep last Thursday night.
Here's a you tube video from 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seS7m5JHUiE

And here's a link to his website: http://www.billtapia.com/

R.I.P. Tappy