Story by Greg Haymes
Charley “Taps” DiMura was one of Albany’s last great characters.
DiMura passed away on Sunday (December 16) at the Albany County Nursing Home at the age of 87.
The first time I ran into Charley was many, many years ago at the old Lark Tavern. Walking in the door in a quest to quench my thirst, the first thing I saw was Charley in the front room – upside down with his hands on the floor of pub as he tap-danced on the wall. A few patrons gathered around him to watch, myself included. Most, however, paid him only cursory attention. “Oh, that’s Charley,” one of them told me when I asked. “He’s in here a lot.”
His impersonation of Carol Channing led to his national television appearance on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” in 1995. “Carol Channing has always been my favorite,” DiMura told The Times Union back in 1996. “I consider her Miss Showbiz. Never a great voice, but wonderful presence and a unique act.”
The same, of course, could be said of DiMura. He was an entertainer, in the true spirit of the word.
Funeral services will be held at the Hans Funeral Home in Albany at 8:15am Thursday (December 20) and from there to All Saints Catholic Church in Albany at 9am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may also call at the funeral home from 4-7pm today (Wednesday, December 19).