Best recognized for his wild, dyed red hair, flashy style of dress and his faithful ukulele, Tiny Tim is one of the best-known entertainers from the 1960s.
His most famous song, "Tip Toe Thru the Tulips with Me" was one of the top 40 hits of 1968. In 1968 and 1969, Tiny was a regular in the Johnny Carson show, on which he even got married. That wedding appearance on "The Tonight Show" marked Tiny's most popular moment, with 40 million viewers watching him tie the knot with 17-year-old Miss Vicki (Victoria May Budinger) on the night of December 17, 1969. Several concerts, tours and television appearances followed the wedding broadcast. The couple had one daughter, Tulip, and was later divorced. In recent years, Tiny has appeared in revival specials and the new Johnny Carson video releases. He has also participated in Howard Stern's New Year's Eve pay-per-view beauty pageant, in which he was a judge. He also appeared in the horror movie "Blood Harvest," in which he played a clown. Tiny remarried in 1984 to Miss Jan, but the couple separated after some time. In 1985, Tiny joined a circus for 36 weeks. His multiple appearances as a musician, entertainer and celebrity included Ed Sullivan shows, Laugh-In guest, Jackie Gleason shows, Arsenio Hall, several commercials, and an MTV game show. Some of Tiny's little eccentricities include living in hotels, dyeing his hair different colors, and a regime of cleaning and moisturizing that gives his skin its typical youthful look.
Tiny found many of the songs he sang at the New York Public Library. Some of these songs go back as far as 1831. He passed away on November 30, 1996. Tiny Tim, with his unique style and characteristic ukulele, has become a symbol of the 1960s. Audiences enjoyed Tiny's charisma, his songs, and extravagant personality, all of which made him a legend.