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Tiny Tim

Whet Tiny Tim? How did somebody this hideous and strange ever become famous? There was a lot of creepy shit going down in the 70s like him and Gary Glitter.

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by Anonymousreply 599 hours ago

It was the 60s OP and Tiny was riffing in the 20s - people back then were more a part of a monoculture and thus in on the joke.

by Anonymousreply 106/07/2021

He reminds me of The Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

by Anonymousreply 206/07/2021

Johnny Carson could make anyone famous.

by Anonymousreply 306/07/2021

So creepy. His nude body would have been a nightmare.

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by Anonymousreply 406/07/2021

There’s a movie OP!

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by Anonymousreply 506/07/2021

He died in 1996.

by Anonymousreply 606/07/2021

WHET Miss Vicki?

by Anonymousreply 706/07/2021

Helen Reddy's husband was his manager.

by Anonymousreply 806/07/2021

Mrs. Miller, bless her, paved the way for talent like Tiny Tim.

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by Anonymousreply 906/07/2021

Yeah whet to Vicki? Did she divorce his ass and take his fortune?

by Anonymousreply 1006/08/2021

And that Jimmy Saville freak - though that one's on the British, not us.

by Anonymousreply 1106/08/2021

The first time I saw him was on Laugh In.

by Anonymousreply 1206/08/2021

He piggybacked on the 20s/30s revival in the 60s and freaky artists in general were everywhere,. Another one was Wild Man Fischer (a homeless, paranoid schizophrenic from the Strip) who appeared on Laugh-In. Frank Zappa had a whole roster of freaks signed to his Bizarre-label.

by Anonymousreply 1306/08/2021

Was he straight? He came across as a very creepy, ugly queen.

by Anonymousreply 1406/08/2021

I think there was something somewhat erotically fascinating about Tiny Tim. I can see how someone could get a fetishy, carnivalesque turn-on from that guy. If REM's Peter Buck were re-cast as a David Lynch film extra, for example.

by Anonymousreply 1506/08/2021

Howard Stern used to interview Tiny Tim sometimes and, quite frankly, Tiny Tim was truly one eccentric man. Was he a pervert, though, OP? I knew nothing of it if that's the case.

by Anonymousreply 1606/08/2021

Was he son of Abraham?

by Anonymousreply 1706/08/2021

Tiny Tim was married three times, and had one daughter from his first marriage to the then 17-year-old Victoria Budinger – also known as "Miss Vicki" – at the age of 37. Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on December 17, 1969, with 40 million people watching. In 1971, Budinger gave birth to their daughter Tulip Victoria. Tiny Tim and Victoria Budinger divorced three years later. Budinger subsequently had several marriages. Tiny Tim married Jan Alweiss ("Miss Jan") in 1984, and Susan Marie Gardner ("Miss Sue") in 1995.[19] Gardner was a 39-year-old Harvard graduate and a fan of Tim's since she was 12.

by Anonymousreply 1806/08/2021

A modern day equivalent: Har Mar Superstar: named himself after the Har Mar mall in Roseville MN Used to perform in his underwear- big belly flopping out for all to see.

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by Anonymousreply 1906/08/2021

Was he the son of Bob Cratchit?

by Anonymousreply 2006/08/2021

I used to listen to his interviews on Howard Stern. What stood out to me the most was him being a clean freak and always wearing disposable diapers because of it. I also recall Howard chiding him because apparently Tim used to drink spaghetti sauce straight out of the jar.

Howard felt this was causing him to have too much salt in his diet.

Didn't he end up dying of a heart attack?

by Anonymousreply 2106/08/2021

He got The AIDS and died.

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by Anonymousreply 2206/08/2021

Howard Stern and Robin Quivers now freely admit they think Tim was gay.

by Anonymousreply 2306/08/2021

Tiny Tim was straight and into kinky sex. He was half Jewish on his mom' side, his dad was Middle Eastern, from Beriut. He was a total early 20th century music / entertainment history geek starting from when he was a teenager. Tiny's act was essentially performance art - singing 1920's & 30s songs in a way that mimicked the lo-fi sound of 20's/30's recordings and radio; but he really wasn't putting on a "act" so to speak, he was an eccentric who was pretty much just as odd as his stage persona.

by Anonymousreply 2406/08/2021

Sounds pretty gay to me.

by Anonymousreply 2506/08/2021

Howard and Robin knew him.

R24 didn’t

by Anonymousreply 2606/08/2021

His final performance. It was a sellout.

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by Anonymousreply 2706/08/2021

I was walking around P-town one night in the early ‘90s & saw him at an outdoor restaurant.

by Anonymousreply 2806/08/2021

Bob Dylan was a fan. Others were too. He was bringing back music from the 20s and was totally serious about it.

by Anonymousreply 2906/08/2021

The infö about his sex life comes from his journals as per the new documentary. If he was truly closeted he never wrote about it, but he did write about the guilt he sometimes felt taking female groupies up on their offers.

by Anonymousreply 3006/08/2021

Herbert Butros Khaury, as someone wrote above, Jewish and Arab. Boy, was he a son of Abraham.

by Anonymousreply 3106/08/2021

He was featured in a film called "You Are What You Eat", but I never saw it. I recall the title though. Tiny seemed very sincere about his singing and his ukelele and didn't appear to realize he was considered "special". Maybe he did off-stage, but he must have made some good money for a few years when he was wildly popular. I once saw him near Lincon Center on the street, probably in the late 80s-early 90s, and he had put on quite a bit of weight.

by Anonymousreply 3206/08/2021

He was definitely straight. He was friends with porn star Marc Stevens and appeared at several of his night club parties in NYC in the early 80s because many of the female porn stars would be performing there. I know one female porn star who did a few of Marc's shows with Tim, and she said he was very eccentric, but very nice. She didn't have sex with him, but indicated some of the others did.

Some jewish men can come off as gay even though they are really not.

by Anonymousreply 3306/08/2021

His daughter lucked out with her looks! She is quite attractive.

by Anonymousreply 3406/08/2021

Oops, here is her photo.

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by Anonymousreply 3506/08/2021

[quote]He piggybacked on the 20s/30s revival in the 60s and freaky artists in general were everywhere,. Another one was Wild Man Fischer (a homeless, paranoid schizophrenic from the Strip) who appeared on Laugh-In. Frank Zappa had a whole roster of freaks signed to his Bizarre-label.


The problem is that younger people know nothing about the era.

Phyllis Diller, Brother Theodore, "Professor" Irwin Corey, Andy Warhol and his crew, The Adams Family, The Munsters...the 60s had this fascination with freaky characters.

And while the 60s focused the jet-age future to come, it also had (as you mention) a strong nostalgia trend for the 20s and 30s.

Tiny Tim's moment ended with the Tonight Show wedding.

by Anonymousreply 3606/08/2021

Genuinely thought this thread was going to be about the Dickens character when I saw the title

by Anonymousreply 3706/08/2021

His 50-year old daughter, Tulip Victoria, looks normal.

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by Anonymousreply 3806/08/2021

Tiny Tim's appearance on The Tonight Show. He's obviously very ill.

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by Anonymousreply 3906/08/2021

I lived in Las Vegas in the *80s I worked as a floorman. One of my jobs was unsticking coins in slot machines when they had coin machines instead of electronic ones. I had to open up his machine. He is really weird looking but when he opened his mouth he had the deepest voice. That falsetto voice must be hard to do all the time. I think I did a double-take when he started talking. He was nice though.

by Anonymousreply 4006/08/2021

I love this song, he did a great job vocally on this song. Primo 6ss sunshine pop. He was a strange man, that had a deep appreciation for beautiful music. Probably was gay, but he made it right in his own eyes.

For all the horrid frau stuff he had to do at times, there are great moments in his career. Brownie points to the reply that shared “Santa’s Got The AIDS”, it’s a holiday classic for me.

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by Anonymousreply 4106/08/2021

Lived in Des Moines in the early 90s!

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by Anonymousreply 4206/08/2021

My contribution on sightings: I saw him waiting in line at the post office near Lincoln Center. Late 70s.

by Anonymousreply 4306/08/2021

Wasn’t his first wife a hooker?

by Anonymousreply 4406/08/2021

I wonder if he did the falsetto voice when he came

by Anonymousreply 4506/08/2021

Tiptoe Through the Tulips was used to really creep effect in that horror movie Insidious.

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by Anonymousreply 4606/08/2021

Bitch stole my act.

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by Anonymousreply 4706/08/2021

Nick Lucas introduced Tiptoe in The Goldiggers of Broadway. An early sound musical most of it is lost but a few brief scenes still exist. Including Tiptoe which is really bizarre and the finale which features Painting the Clouds With Sunshine which I find sensational but someone noted this is why vaudeville died. I think the vaudeville acts which follow each other with lightening speed are great. Unfortunately the visual of the very end no longer exists but the sound does. These are on YouTube but I saw a better quality print of the finale at FF.

Nick Lucas lived to see Tiptoe revived but not happy to see it made into a joke.

by Anonymousreply 4806/08/2021

r33 is extremely niive and irrationally defensive about the effeminate freak Tiny Tim who couldn't make a relationship with a female last.

He has no idea what lengths closeted men go to to disguise their sexuality, especially when they're celebrities in the 20th century.

I bet he thinks Michael Jackson was a red-blooded pussyhound, too.

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by Anonymousreply 4906/09/2021

To be fair there are plenty of heterosexuals who can't make a relationship last and have multiple marriages.

by Anonymousreply 5006/09/2021

He was sure goofy looking and annoying too

by Anonymousreply 5106/09/2021

He was a smash on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

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by Anonymousreply 5206/10/2021

[quote]Nick Lucas introduced Tiptoe in The Goldiggers of Broadway. An early sound musical most of it is lost but a few brief scenes still exist.

I've watched it over and over again. Fascinating.

James Cagney at 5:30.

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by Anonymousreply 5306/10/2021

"The last surviving reel". That's a shame. I'd love to see the full film.

Though IMDB says two reels survive plus the Vitaphone soundtrack. Also George Raft is an uncredited dancer.

by Anonymousreply 5406/10/2021

R51- Richard Simmons + Tiny Tim = TWO DREAMBOATS

by Anonymousreply 5506/10/2021

[quote]is extremely niive and irrationally defensive about the effeminate freak Tiny Tim who couldn't make a relationship with a female last.

The one who is extremely naive and irrationally defensive is you.

There are effeminate men who are as straight as an arrow.

Was Tiny Tim gay or straight? I have no idea. And neither do you.

by Anonymousreply 5606/10/2021

On days like these, we need a little Tiny Tim. Enjoy.

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by Anonymousreply 579 hours ago

oh, daer

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by Anonymousreply 589 hours ago

Gay or straight? You old queens need to hone your bi-dar, he's clearly very bi

by Anonymousreply 599 hours ago
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