Herbert Khaury began singing and playing the ukulele in his natural voice until discovering his ability to sing in an upper register: “I was listening to the radio and singing along as I was singing I said ‘Gee, it’s strange. I can go up high as well’.” He then entered a local talent show and sang You Are My Sunshine in his newly discovered falsetto, and it brought the house down. After experimenting with different state names, he finally settled on Tiny Tim in 1962.
In 1968, his first album God Bless Tiny Tim was released. It contained an orchestrated version of Tiptoe through the Tulips whilst the other songs displayed his wide-ranging knowledge of the American songbook. This then led to a series of albums from Tiny Tim, including: Tiny Tim’s Second Album (1968 ), The Grammy Award nominated For All My Little Friends (1969), Wonderful World Of Romance (limited edition, 1980), Chameleon (limited edition, 1980), Tiny Tim: The Eternal Troubador (1986), Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips/Resurrection (1987), Tiny Tim Rock (1993), I Love Me (1993), Songs of an Impotent Troubadour (1994) and many, many more.
Sometime in the fall of 1968, Tiny Tim was invited by Beatle George Harrison to come to his hotel room in Manhattan. Tiny recounts: I said to him, it is a pleasure meeting you, a member of the greatest recording vocal group in the history of popular music.” I said, “Do you mind if I sing you a song? He said, “No, go right ahead.” (Tiny sings “Nowhere Man” in his high voice). He said, “Wait a minute, just say, ‘Merry Christmas Beatles’ and go into that song.” The Beatles used this on their 1968 Fan Club Christmas message flexi-disc.
In August 1970, Tiny Tim performed at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 in front of a crowd of 600,000 people. He brought the crowd to their feet. The performance can be seen in the 1995 movie of the event, Message to Love. While playing at a Gala Benefit at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on November 30, 1996, he suffered his second heart attack on stage. He collapsed shortly thereafter and died shortly after.
It was only in 2011 that Martin Sharp’s ‘Tiny Tim’ Project Manager, Dave Rowe approached Blue Pie Records with the hope to digitally release Tiny Tim’s catalogue for all his fans. The songs, which are to be digitally remastered and mixed, will include some never before released tracks from the artist. Artworks of Tiny Tim, created by renowned artist Martin Sharp, will be used as the cover art for each album released. Together, this exclusive release will bring Tiny Tim back to life for all his fans to embrace.
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