Tiny Tim, His Ukulele, and Miss Vicky


Tiny Tim, His Ukulele, and Miss Vicky

Do you remember Herbert Butros Khaury, a.k.a. Herbert Buckingham Khaury? He was also known as Dary Dover and Timothy Timms. The latter is a big hint. If you guessed correctly, you said, “Tiny Tim.” If you remember this name, then you probably remember “Miss Vicky,” his ukulele, and “Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me.” Tiny Tim performed as a singer and ukulele player in Greenwich Village during the 1960s. This was before he hit it big and had guess appearances on “Laugh-In” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Tiny Tim And His Falsetto

Some people found the singer a bit odd or strange. This was due to his high-pitched voice, the fact he was over 6 feet tall, his ukulele, and his shoulder-length dark, curly hair. Even so, audiences were mostly taken by his very distinct falsetto. This was obvious when he wed Miss Vicki on “The Tonight Show,” as it drew the most viewers in the show’s history.

Tiny Tim Was Born In New York

He was born Herbert Buckingham Khaury on April 12, 1932, in New York. His father was Lebanese, and his mother, from Poland, was Jewish. During Tiny Tim’s early years, he grew fond of American songs and music, particularly from the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The young man was not a very good student and dropped out of high school. He then learned to play his ukulele and the guitar.

Tiny Tim During One of His Performances

Early Career of Tiny Tim

He began performing in clubs in the Greenwich Village at an early age. He also performed at talent shows and parties. However, his parents tried to dissuade him from pursuing a career in music. The young Tiny Tim was committed. One day he landed an appearance in the movie, “You Are What you Eat,” and this led to a booking on the popular television show, “Rowan and Martins Laugh-In.”

A Little More About Tiny Tim

His marriage to Miss Vicky, a.k.a. Victoria Mae Budinger was a bit strange as they mostly lived apart. They eventually had a daughter which they named Tulip. After eight years of marriage, the couple divorced. Tiny Tim was married to two other women. In both of these marriages, he lived separately from his wife.

Final Performance

In 1996 Tiny Tim was performing at a ukulele festival in Massachusetts. During his performance, he suffered a heart attack. Three weeks later, he was released from the hospital after being warned to give up his touring and performing. However, he chose to continue his “singing” and suffered a fatal heart attack in Minneapolis on November 30, 1996, after performing “Tip Toe Through the Tulips.” He died an hour later.

Tiny Tim was an unusual performer. Perhaps his best performance was marrying Miss Vicky and having their daughter, Tulip.


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