When I was eight, I thought Tiny Tim, was the best, and I thought he had a great voice, but then I was only eight and I didn’t hear anyone else, except for what My Parents played, and that’s another story I’ll get into once I start getting into The Greatest Decade Of Times, The 1960’s.
Herbert Buckingham Khaury (April 12, 1932 – November 30, 1996), known professionally as Tiny Tim, was an American singer, most of the time ukulele player, and musical archivist. He is best remembered for his cover hits “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight”, which are sung in a high falsetto/vibrato voice.
Herbert Buckingham Khaury
April 12, 1932
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
November 30, 1996 (aged 64)
Hennepin County, Minnesota, U.S.
Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, U.S.
Sir Timothy Timms
Larry Love the Singing Canary
Victoria Mae Budinger
(m. 1969; div. 1977)
(m. 1984; div. 1995)
Susan Marie Gardner
(m. 1995; his death 1996)
Ukulele, mandolin, guitar, violin, vocals
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Herbert was born in Manhattan, New York City, on April 12, 1932. His mother Tillie (née Staff), a garment worker, was the daughter of a rabbi. She had immigrated from Brest-Litovsk as a teen in 1914. Herbert’s father, Butros Khaury, was a textile worker from Beirut, Lebanon who was a Maronite Christian priest.
Herbert displayed musical talent at a very young age. At the age of five, his father gave him a vintage wind-up Gramophone and a 78-RPM record of “Beautiful Ohio” by Henry Burr. He would sit for hours listening to the record. At the age of six, he began teaching himself guitar. By his pre-teen years, he developed a passion for records, specifically those from the 1900s through the 1930s. He began spending most of his free time at the New York Public Library, reading about the history of the phonograph industry and its first recording artists. He would research sheet music, often making photographic copies to take home to learn, a hobby he continued for his entire life.