Gordie Tapp

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Gordie Tapp
Birth nameGordon Robert Tapp
Also known as"Gordie"
Born(1922-06-04)June 4, 1922
London, Ontario
OriginLondon, Ontario
Died December 18, 2016(2016-12-18) (aged 94)
Burlington, Ontario
Occupation(s)presenter and broadcaster

Gordon Robert Tapp, CM OOnt (June 4, 1922 – December 18, 2016)[1] was a Canadian entertainer, best known as a radio and television presenter, comedian and a CBS broadcaster. He was introduced to U.S. President Gerald Ford as the world's funniest storyteller.[2]


Tapp studied at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts. He was the host for Main Street Jamboree, a radio program broadcast from Hamilton during the 1950s. Tapp later emceed the CBC television show Country Hoedown as well as The Performers, a series of shows featuring 'up and coming' young Canadian talent, which was recorded in major Canadian cities including Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. He went on to perform and write for the CBS television show Hee Haw. His famous roles were Cousin Clem, Samuel B. Sternwheeler, Mr. Gordon the storekeeper, and Lavern Nagger, the forever put-upon husband of Ida Lee Nagger (Roni Stoneman). Gordie was the special guest star on episode #54 of the popular weekly variety program The Bobby Vinton Show in October of 1977. The program was produced in Toronto and aired across the United States and Canada. Gordie performed a duet of "That's Amore" with Vinton. Tapp was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990.[1] He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work in helping raise funds for organizations such as the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy campaign and Easter Seals.[3]

In 1999, he was awarded the Order of Ontario — the highest honour in the province of Ontario.

In his later life, Tapp was the commercial spokesperson for the Ultramatic adjustable bed.[4]

Tapp died in Burlington, Ontario on December 18, 2016 at the age of 94; no cause was given.[5]



Year Single CAN Country
1971 "Nobody's Singing Them Cowboy Songs No More" 10
1972 "Many Others" 44


  1. ^ a b "Gordie Tapp". CCMA Hall of Fame. Canadian County Music Association. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2010-01-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Country Music Humorist and Comedians
  3. ^ Order of Canada Citation
  4. ^ "Biography for Gordie Tapp". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  5. ^ "Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp passes away at 94". CBC News. December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.

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