Friday, April 12, 2013


It's the birthday of singer Tiny Tim.  Even among novelty acts he was an oddity.  He was an strange-looking man with long hair and pal makeup who played ukulele and sang oldies in a falsetto voice.  Somehow, he became popular.  It was mostly through exposure on the #1 hit show Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In.  Then he got married in front of tens of millions on The Tonight Show.

His first album sold well, but it wasn't long before the novelty wore off.  He spent his last few decades banging out a career by trading in on his former fame. It's a living, I guess.

You can't really call his music great. Or good.  But it's something.


Anonymous Denver Guy said...

My favorite Tiny Tim (among not many that I would even say I like) is his cover of "Girl" by the Beatles (sung in deep basso).

8:14 AM, April 12, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He kind of ruined A Christmas Carol for me.

10:21 AM, April 12, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thought he was part of some bizarro hybrid identity- a sort of Jekyll/Hyde thing with Alice Cooper

10:24 AM, April 12, 2013  

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