tiny tim

Tiny Tim was a folk singer and musician who found fame during the ’60s with the release of his signature song, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” sung in his distinctive falsetto voice and backed only by his ukulele.  Tiny Tim started his career as a street performer in and around Harvard during the early ’60s.  There he built a cult following which lead to an appearance on Laugh-In which lead to a record deal with Reprise Records.  He recorded three albums for Reprise and became an iconic figure thanks to numerous television appearances, like the time he married “Miss Vickie” live on the December 17, 1969 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  The stunt drew an estimated audience of over 40 million.  Even though he continued to release such novelties as a cover of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Earth Angel,” Tiny Tim all but vanished during the ’70s and ’80s as his popularity faded.  His profile increased occasionally during the ’90s thanks to occasional appearances on the Howard SternShow.  In September of 1996, Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack while performing at a ukelele festival.  And despite advice from his doctors, he peformed at a benefit just two months later.  Tiny Tim was 64 when he sufffered a fatal heart attack while singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” at that event.

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