Today’s Office = Filming “The Duke of the Uke”
Exclusive interview with Uncle Bill “Tappy” Tapia
—-> 103 years young
Since the beginning of his long career (which started in Vaudeville) Bill has performed ukulele and guitar with Charlie Barnet, Billy Holiday, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Elvis Presley… In addition, he also taught the ukulele to film stars such as Clark Gable, Jimmy Durante, Shirley Temple and Arthur Godfrey, and has played for 4 different American Presidents.
Bill is credited as the first person to play jazz on a ukulele, and is the oldest working musician in the United States. In 2004 he was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame, and next week he is on his way to Hawaii to receive the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award.