A 1979 recording of Tiny Tim singing ”Nobody Else Can Love Me (Like My Old Tomato Can)” has just been released on black wax cylinder. (Here's a 1921 version by Billy Murray and, by comparison, you can hear Tiny Tim's version on this page.)
Justin Martell, who's behind the release, told Hyperallergenic, “The idea of releasing a cylinder record was born, not out of a desire to be contrary, but to fulfill a career-long dream which Tiny Tim had, and to pay tribute to who Tiny was as an entertainer.” The new release even got the attention of Time Magazine.
This isn't Martell's only try with a cylinder of Tiny Tim's music. Another video on YouTube features Tiny Tim singing “Miss Dixie.”
Tiny Tim's singing style and musical career paid tribute to old music. He was often treated as a comedy act because of his appearances on “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In,” but he was serious about his music. Tiny Tim, whose real name was Herbert Khaury, was born in 1930 and died in 1996. He first became a celebrity through his appearances on "Laugh-In" and later created a public sensation when he married Miss Vicki on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1969 (they were divorced in 1977). "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips" was his first and only Top 40 Billboard hit, hitting No. 17 in 1968.
One of his best performances, available through Concert Vault, is his May 9, 1968 concert at Fillmore West. His songs include covers of “Earth Angel” and Sonny and Cher's “I Got You Babe,” his own hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” a quick rendition of Shirley Temple's “Animal Crackers (In My Soup)” and a great duet (with himself) version of “Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight.”
You can get the cylinder through Martell's website. It's just too bad Tiny Tim isn't around to see this. You know he'd love it.
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