Bill Tapia

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        b. 31 December 1907, Hawaii. As a young man, Tapia began playing the ukulele, an instrument that was then enjoying considerable local popularity. In 1927, at the age of 19, he joined the Johnny Noble Orchestra, which played at the newly opened Royal Hawaiian Hotel, popularly known as GÇÿWaikikiGÇÖs Pink PalaceGÇÖ. As he developed into a virtuoso performer, Tapia attracted the attention of visiting musicians, such as Louis Armstrong, as well as showbusiness celebrities including ... Read more

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