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Now Sounds Tip-Toes Thru The Tulips With “God Bless Tiny Tim”

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God Bless Tiny TimWelcome to my dream, and how are you?  Will you be here long, or just passing through?  Brush off that stardust, where have you been?  Don’t tell me my rainbow was late getting in…

When Herbert Buckingham “Tiny Tim” Khaury, 37, married Victoria May “Miss Vicki” Budinger, 17, on December 17, 1969 before Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, The Rev. William Glenesk and a studio audience filled with 268 of the happy couple’s closest friends, roughly 40 million people were watching.  It was a high point for Carson’s Tonight Show, and some 44 years later when TV Guide counted down television’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments, the wedding of Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki made the Top 15.  Indeed, Tiny Tim fascinated the nation from his first appearance on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.  Introduced as “The Toast of Greenwich Village,” the 6’1” jacketed figure with the mane of long hair entered, pulled a ukulele out of a shopping bag, and proceeded to warble “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in perhaps the strangest falsetto ever.  The audience roared at both Tim’s performance and co-host Dick Martin’s comically dumbfounded glare at his new discovery.   A star – of a kind not seen before and not likely to be seen again – was born.

An early fan of this most peculiar man was Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow.  He introduced Reprise Records’ legendary honcho Mo Ostin to Tim, and Ostin signed the former “Larry Love, The Singing Canary” to The House That Frank Built.  Tiny Tim recorded three albums for Reprise, and now, his 1968 Top 10 debut LP God Bless Tiny Tim has just been reissued in a deluxe expanded mono edition from Now Sounds.  The late singer-comedian-enigma died in 1996, aged 64, but his outsized personality and outré, time-displaced style live on here.  Even those who own the 2006 Rhino Handmade stereo box set God Bless Tiny Tim: The Complete Reprise Studio Masters…and More will find much new to discover.

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Written by Joe Marchese

December 9, 2013 at 14:45

Posted in News, Reissues, Reviews, Tiny TIm

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