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Bill Tapia, Live at the Warner Grand Theatre - The 100th Birthday Concert CD (promo video)

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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

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If there were a Mount Rushmore for ukulele players...Bill Tapia would be on it!

Bill Tapia was born in Hawaii on New Years Day, 1908. At age 7, Bill took up the ukulele. By 12, he was playing professionally in vaudeville. In 1939, he wrote one of the world's first ukulele instruction manuals.

In a career that spanned the 20th Century, Bill played guitar with many of the leading singers and musicians of the day, including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and Hawaiian music legends like Johnny Noble, King Benny Nawahe and Sol Ho'opi'i.

He was also a teacher to the stars. Among his ukulele students were Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, the Little Rascals, Jimmy Durante and Arthur Godfrey.

In late 2007, as he approached his 100th birthday, this legendary artist--singer, raconteur, ukulele player, and jazz guitarist--took to the stage of the historic Warner Grand Theatre. Joining in the celebration was an audience of fans from the U.S. and around the world. It was actually a return engagement, albeit slightly delayed--he last played there in 1935.

This time around, Bill was accompanied by renowned musicians Kristin Korb, Earl Allen, Frank DeVito, and Abe Lagrimas Jr. for a magical evening of American jazz standards and Hapa Haole Hawaiian classics hosted by King Kukulele.

Now, Paniolo Productions is pleased to announce an album 100 years in the making...

BILL TAPIA Live at the Warner Grand Theatre
The 100th Birthday Concert

Bill Tapia was the world's oldest active musician, he continued to perform and teach at the age of 103. In May 2011 he received the Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award in Hawaii.

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