World's Oldest Working Musician Dies at 103
Ukulele legend and jazz guitarist, Bill Tapia, known to many fondly as "Uncle Bill," passed away in his sleep today at his home in Westminster, CA. Born on New Year's Day 1908, he was less than one month shy of his 104th birthday.
Known as the oldest-working musician in the world, Tapia was side-man to musical legends Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, working to the very end, performing in LIVE concerts and shows, even traveling to Japan in 2009 at the age of 101.
According to singer/songwriter, uke recording artist and friend Ukulele Ray, "Uncle Bill was a real inspiration to us all, and lived up to the true aloha spirit, sharing love and music wherever he went. He left us a wonderful legacy to remember him by."