Dec 19, 2016
By Christine Ross
Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp is dead. He was 94. Born in London, Ont., Tapp kicked off his career in radio before moving into TV. The famous Zoomer was a comedian, musician and script writer. During the 1950s, he was a founding member of “Main Street Jamboree,” a radio and T-V show out of Hamilton. Tapp became a member of the Order of Canada in 1998. He also hosted the music-variety program “Country Hoedown,” which ran from 1956 to 1965 and showcased his well-known character Cousin Clem. Tapp eventually brought his act south of the border with an appearance on the popular American variety series “Hee Haw.” He also was a committed philanthropist, raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Easter Seals Society.