Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tiny Tim and his friends

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1932 (probably) Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury; d. November 30, 1996), American singer of antique songs.

Although Tiny Tim achieved not only great fame but a kind of iconic status following his 1960s hit, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, that song only made Number 17 on the charts (June, 1968), hardly a world-shattering status, and he did not again achieve such sales. He brought out the album God Bless Tiny Tim the same year; it sold more than 200,000 copies.

Tiny Tim, Bob Dylan, et al
When a young Bob Dylan first arrived in New York City on his quest for fame, he played in clubs like Café Wha?, the daytime show of which he describes in the first volume of his autobiography, Chronicles, as "an extravaganza of patchwork, [which] featured anybody and anything – a comedian, a ventriloquist, a steel drum group, a poet, a female impersonator, a duo who sang Broadway stuff, a rabbit-in-the-hat magician, a guy wearing a turban who hypnotized people in the audience, someone whose entire act was facial acrobatics ... At about eight o'clock, the whole daytime menagerie would come to a halt and then the professional show would begin. Comedians like Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Lenny Bruce ... One of the guys who played in the afternoons was the falsetto-speaking Tiny Tim. he played ukulele and sand like a girl – old standard songs from the '20s ... Tiny Tim and I would go in the kitchen and hang around ... Ricky's (Ricky Nelson's) song ended and I gave the rest of my French fries to Tiny Tim." ...

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