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Canadian performer Gordie Tapp passes away
Toronto, Dec 20 (IBNS): Gordie Tapp, Canadian entertainer, a comedian, musician and script writer, who found success in radio and TV, died in his Burlington house, Ontario, Sunday at the age of 94, media reported.

Born in 1922 in London, Ont., Tapp was often described as the "world's finest storyteller."

Tapp ventured into radio before moving into the television medium.

He lived in LaSalle retirement home in Burlington Ont., with his wife Helen, and was still performing up to weeks before he died.

Gordie is survived by his wife Helen, and his three children, Jeoff, Kate and Joan.

During the 1950s, he was a founding member of “Main Street Jamboree,” a radio and TV show out of Hamilton.

The music-variety program “Country Hoedown,” in which Tapp showcased his well-known character Cousin Clem, ran from 1956 to 1965 on CBC.

His 1980 album, ‘Both Sides’, featured both his comedic and singing talents.

Tapp was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990, and became a member of the Order of Canada in 1998 and was recipient of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario.

In 2007, Gordie released his autobiography, ‘What's On Tapp’.

Tapp became popular with his popular American variety series “Hee Haw.”

Comedian Colin Mochrie Mochrie had once told Tapp that his career was inspired in part by “Hee Haw.”

“For me, it was the first show where I realized that Canadians could make it big in America,” Mochrie said. “It was sort of an inspiration.”

Tapp was also involved in raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Easter Seals Society.

(Reported by Asha Bajaj, Image of Gordie Tapp: Wikimedia Commons)