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  • The Improbable Life of Tiny Tim
  • By: Justin Martell
  • Narrated by: Tim Heidecker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Eternal Troubadour

By: Justin Martell
Narrated by: Tim Heidecker
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Summary

As Bing Crosby once put it, the rise of Tiny Tim represents "one of the most phenomenal success stories in show business". In 1968, after years of playing dive bars and lesbian cabarets on the Greenwich Village scene, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce, the falsetto-voiced, ukulele-playing Tiny Tim landed a recording contract with Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and an appearance on NBC’s Laugh-In. The resulting album, God Bless Tiny Tim, and its single, "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me", catapulted him to the highest levels of fame.

Soon, Tiny was playing to huge audiences in the USA and Europe, while his marriage to the 17-year-old "Miss" Vicki was broadcast on The Tonight Show in front of an audience of fifty million. Before long, however, his star began to fade. Miss Vicki left him, his earnings evaporated, and the mainstream turned its back on him. He would spend the rest of his life trying to revive his career, with many of his attempts taking a turn toward the absurd.

While he is often characterized as an oddball curio, Tiny Tim was a master interpreter of early American popular song, and his story is one of Shakespearean tragedy framed around a bizarre yet lovable public persona. Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with family, friends, and associates, plus access to Tiny’s diaries, which have never before been made public, Eternal Troubadour tells the incredible true story of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in the history of popular music.

With a foreword by Harry Stein.

©2016 Justin Audette Martell (P)2021 Ship to Shore Media, LLC

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Loved every second

Found this book charming and bizarre in equal measures - there is so much detail here - having poured over Tiny's diaries - the author has left nothing out. Comedian Tim Heidecker seems an unlikely choice for narrator, but does a 'great Job' - although I lost count of the times I heard him read "...causing Tiny to ejaculate in his pants" - which gives you a general idea of just how personal this biography goes.

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Absolutely incredible

A tender and well researched retrospective look back on the career and personal life of Tiny Tim. Well worth it. Tim did a great job with the narration.

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