Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) was a staple of late ’60s TV, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. With his unusual appearance, his falsetto voice, and his trusty ukulele, he was quite memorable.
This particular album was released in 1969, not long after his first album, God Bless Tiny Tim, which featured his big hit and signature song “Tip Toe Through the Tulips.” However, this album was actually originally recorded in 1962 and re-released to cash in on Tiny Tim’s popularity. It’s really not that bad an album, and it does show off Tiny Tim’s encyclopedic knowledge of (and respect for) old music. The thing that’s a constant distraction, though, is that extremely loud canned laughter and applause are dubbed in, I presume to give the impression he’s playing at Carnegie Hall or something.
The first song featured here is “Indian Love Call,” made famous by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. It’s not often that you’ll hear somebody singing both parts, though!
The next song is “Animal Crackers,” a song that’s most often associated with Shirley Temple.
The last song here I had never heard before, but I really like it. It’s called “I Got a Pain in My Sawdust” and it’s about a doll who complains about something being wrong “with my little insides.”
If you’d like to hear Tiny Tim’s versions of other songs like “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and more, you can hear the rest of this album here. If you’d like to hear his classic rendition of “Tip Toe Through the Tulips,” you can get that here, and if you’d like his wonderful debut album (where “Tulips” came from), you can get that here. For the Full Tiny (so to speak), Rhino put out a great compilation ofÂ his albums here.