a tribute to daddy tapes
The Daddy Tapes Story in Brief
Instead of retiring and moving to Florida, as he had dreamed, Daddy Tapes remained in New York, working as a night watchman until the day he died from a heart attack, on Nov 1st 1986, at the age of 73. He had remained in New York so his son, Bill Popp, could live inexpensively at home and rehearse his band, "The Tapes," for free in their basement.
Instead of recording and promoting the band, the young Popp would have been struggling to pay for rent or for rehearsal space.
Before the days of computer labels, Daddy Tapes would address over 200 envelopes by hand, sometimes more than twice a month, for the band's mailing list.
In the early 80's, when it was rare to see someone over the age of 45 hanging out at a rock club, there was Daddy Tapes, smoking his pipe and cheering on his son's band.
Today, Bill Popp and The Tapes enjoy a 33 year history and counting, and Daddy Tapes' legacy still lives on with each band rehearsal in the house he kept for his son, where Bill still lives to this day.