Music Gear News
Ukulele legend Bill Tapia has died
Bill Tapia, a maestro on the music instrument, hailed from Hawaii and had jammed with a coterie of big name stars like Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong.
Tapia, who had been strumming the ukulele from the age of seven, kicked off his career in 1918, providing soldier in the First World War some much needed entertainment.
"Widely believed to be the oldest performing musician ever to take the stage, jazz ukulele legend Bill Tapia is dead," read the message on his official website.
"With a career that spanned over 90 years, he was the last living link to the earliest days of both jazz and the ukulele as a popular instrument."
Not only was he a legend on the once-again popular ukulele, he was also a very proficient banjo and guitar player.
Tapia was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2004 for his long and celebrated contribution to the art of the instrument.
Interestingly enough, though a seasoned player, he would go on to release his first CD at the age of 96.
Posted by LBPosted on 8 Dec 2011 18:54 to category : Instruments News
Related Music News
The third piece of software from Toontrack's run of Superior Drummer products, Superior Drummer 3 offers a whole range of brand new and enhanced features.
Designed to complement the TR-08 Rhythm Composer, the Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler offers a plethora of exciting new sampling methods for live performances.
Use it in your bedroom or take it to the stage, Pioneer's DJM-750 MK2 DJ Mixer is equipped to handle the most demanding requirements of the modern day DJ.
Using DSP technology and a selection of integrated profiles, SubZero's new range of digital speakers are able to adapt to a variety of different applications.
Making a much-anticipated return, Yamaha's illustrious Tour Custom kits are penned to cater to the working drummer in need of a sturdy and reliable workhorse.
The latest addition to the illustrious range of Katana Amplifiers, the Katana-Mini guitar amplifier brings classic BOSS tone in a portable and lightweight design
Recent Music News
Alesis' II Mesh Electronic Drum Kit is a kit geared specifically towards advanced drummers looking to explore a variety of different timbres and sounds.
Celebrating 50 years since his iconic performance at Monterey pop festival, Fender's Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster recreates the sound of a cultural icon.
Building upon the already established fan favourite DJ-808 DJ Controller, Roland have now announced the launch of the portable and compact DJ-202 DJ Controller.
Coinciding with the launch of its brand new DJ-202 counterpart, the Roland DJ-505 DJ Controller breathes a breath of new life into Roland's renowned DJ range.
New to Roland's illustrious boutique range, the SH-01A builds upon the foundations of the revered SH-1A, granting the player a whole range of vintage voices.
Based on the legendary TR-808m the TR-08 Rhythm Composer brings all of the legendary capabilities of its forefather into a more modern and streamlined format.