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Do You Remember Tiny Tim? Did You Appreciate Him?

Yes, I have written before about the eccentric professional singer Tiny Tim, a.k.a. Herbert Buckingham Khaury. His signature song, the one most closely associated with the man, was Tiptoe Through the Tulips . He sung in falsetto. What is the history of this song?

Tiny Tim was not only a gentle soul; he was a kind of musical historian. He had a vast knowledge of old songs, some dating from the 1800s. Anyway, the song Tiptoe Through the Tulips was featured in the old “Talkie” movie entitled Gold Diggers (1929).

That song featured singer Nick Lucas. In fact, much as it did for Tiny Tim, it became Nick Lucas’ theme song! Nick played a guitar and sang with an exceptionally high-pitched voice. Was that not true of Tiny Tim as well? Except that he played the ukelele?

Tiny is gone now, but during his brief life, he entertained us. He had discovered his niche and knew his music.

Here’s Nick’s rendition from the movie Gold Diggers (1929) that undoubtedly inspired Herbert "Tiny Tim."


Image Credit » Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/tulips-tulip-orange-red-background-2544/

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MegL wrote on July 16, 2017, 6:23 PM

I used to love that song but didn't know it came from a Broadway musical!

lookatdesktop wrote on July 16, 2017, 7:53 PM

1929 was a long time before I was brought into the picture. It is amazing that you can come up with such tulip tid bits.

VinceSummers wrote on July 16, 2017, 7:58 PM

That's nothing. Check out 1. Turkey in the Straw, and 2. Shoe-fly don't bother me.

Kasman wrote on July 17, 2017, 2:10 PM

I remember Tiny Tim 'tiptoe-ing through the tulips' but I never knew his real name or the history of the song.