Tiny Tim (known professionally by this name) aka Hubert Butros Khaury aka Herbert Buckingham Khaury was an American singer who was known for playing ukulele. Most people (Gen. X and Millennials) must know him and listen to his music at one point in their life. He was born on April 12th, 1932. His death was a really sad experience for people who were present during it. He died on November 30th, 1996.
Tiny Tim’s Net Worth
Since Tiny Tim dropped out of high school and began his music career very young, most of his wealth earned was from music. He used to sell his music. He retailed his albums, Vended tickets to his concerts and furthermore, he actually appeared in several movies. One of his albums called “God Bless Tiny Tim” sold over 200,000 copies.
Tiny Tim has an estimated net worth of $3.6 million.
Best Remembered For:
Tiny Tim is best reminisced for “Tip Toe Through the Tulips”, “Lovin in The Moonlight”, “Livin’ in the Sunlight.”
Tiny Tim’s Early Whereabouts:
Khaury aka Tiny Tim was born in Manhattan, NYC on 30th November 1932 to a rabbi maternal grandfather family. His mother was a garment worker and his father was a textile worker from Beirut, Lebanon. His father was a Catholic priest. His taste in music started developing when his father gifted him a gramophone at very little age of five years. He was also gifted with a record by Henry Burr; “Beautiful Ohio” which he would listen to a lot in his room at that age. This is when, by the age of six, he started learning guitar and his passion for singing developed. It later became evident when in his pre-teens, his passion was given a chance to develop literary when he started spending his time in New York Public Library. He’d read about the history of phonographs and various artists.
At the young age of 11, Tiny Tim learned violin, he was a very unhappy student at high school and so eventually he dropped out.
Tiny Tim used to play the guitar right-handed while the ukulele left-handedly. Other instruments included a Martin, a Favilla and a Johnston metal Resonator.
Although his parents were against his career in music and as every other normal parent, wanted him to take interest in studies, he was really devoted and faithful to it. When he got a job at a studio in New York as a messenger, he became even more captivated with the music industry.
In 1959, he performed at a live show with his name as “Larry love, the singing canary” And then in the 60’s, Khaury was seen around Harvard campus singing old tin pan alley tunes. To give his acting a start, he appeared in Jack Smith’s Normal Love; an experimental film project, in 1964.
Tiny Tim then appeared in “You Are What You Eat” which was a documentary American film/ drama that depicted 1960’s flower paper era and apprehended the spirit of Heigh-Ashbury scene, too. It all happened in 1968. This is when he released his first album called “God Bless Tiny Tim”. Back then, the NY times called the album “a dazzling album of programmed entertainment.” 1968 was perhaps his lucky year because one other song “Tip Toe Through The Tulips” became a hit.
His passion for music and various instruments he was famous for, was well heard in his songs and the rhythms he created throughout all the years he sang and was residing in America.
In 1980’s he moved to Australia. Couple of years later, he came back and in 1993, he appeared in a skit.
Khaury was married three times. His first wife; Miss Vicky, was 17 when she had a daughter with Tiny Tim and he married her in front of 40 million people on a show back in 1969. Victoria Budinger aka Miss Vicky gave birth to two kids, the first one was a stillborn five months after their marriage and the second one they had was one year later. They got divorced three years later.
Tiny Tim later married Miss Jan aka Jan Alweiss in 1984, then married Susan Marie Gardner in 1995 who was a fan of Tiny Tim ever since she was 12.
People often described him as “a lonely outcast intoxicated by fame”.
Death of an instrumentalist:
Tiny Tim was only 64 when he died of heart attack in front of an audience of a gala benefit hosted by Women’s Club of Minneapolis in 1996.
Although he had suffered a heart attack before twice or thrice and his doctor warned him not to perform and take his health seriously, he still persisted to go to this event. He told his wife he wasn’t feeling well and then had a heart attack in the middle of singing his famous song “Tip Toe Through the Tulips”.