Tiny Tim - Updated Feb 2024

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Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim was a popular American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist. Tiny Tim is well-known for his cover hits “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and “Living in the Sunlight, which he sang in a falsetto voice.

Early Life and Childhood

Tiny Tim was born on April 12, 1932, in the city of Manhattan, New York, United States, and his full name was Herbert Butros Khaury.

Similarly, he was a naturalized American citizen and belonged to the Polish-Jewish ethnicity. Moreover, he was Catholic by religion and his birth sign was Aries. He was born to a textile worker Butros Khaury (father) and a garment worker Tillie (mother).

He showed his musical talent at a young age. His father gave him a vintage wind-up Gramophone and a 78-RPM record of Henry Burr’s “Beautiful Ohio” when he was five years old. He could listen to the record for hours and later he began teaching himself guitar at the age of six.


Tiny Tim died on November 30, 1996, in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States at the age of 64 due to a heart attack. He was a diabetic and a heart patient. His ashes are buried in a mausoleum at Lakewood Cemetery. He had a massive fan base, and his death left many people heartbroken. However, he will live on in people’s hearts forever as a result of his extraordinary efforts.


In terms of his educational background, he has done his schooling at George Washington High School in Washington Heights, Manhattan. However, his additional academic credentials are unavailable on the web. Later, he might have skipped college as he started to pursue his professional career at an early age.

Tiny Tim – Net Worth 2024

Tim had an estimated net worth of around $2 million and his annual salary was $150k. Similarly, his source of income was mainly his singing profession. However, his weekly and monthly wages are unknown. Additionally, he has also worked very hard since his childhood to achieve this fame.

Career and Professional Life

Moving on to his career, he began learning to play the violin at the age of 11 and enjoyed performing at home for his parent’s enjoyment. He later began playing the mandolin and the ukulele, which became his signature instrument. Moreover, he described discovering his ability to sing, in an interview on The Tonight Show.

By the early 1950s, he had got a job as a messenger at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios’ New York office, where he became increasingly fascinated with the entertainment industry. He then performed “You Are My Sunshine” in his newly discovered falsetto at a local talent show.

Furthermore, he began performing at amateur dance club nights under various aliases, including Texarkana Tex, Vernon Castle, and Emmett Swink. However, in 1959, he dropped all of his previous stage names and began performing as “Larry Love, the Singing Canary” at New York City’s Times Square’s Hubert’s Museum and Live Flea Circus.

While performing there, he signed with a manager who sent him on auditions throughout New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, where he played the ukulele and sang the song that became his signature, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” in his falsetto voice.

Furthermore, in 1963, he got his first paying gig at Page 3, a gay and lesbian club in Greenwich Village, where he worked 6 hours a night, 6 nights a week for $96 per month. In addition, he also made appearances in both Jack Smith’s Normal Love and the independent feature film You Are What You Eat.

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Caption: Tiny Tim at his home. Source: Mojo Magazine

Brand Endorsements

Tim has not endorsed any brand till now. No information is available on the web regarding the other brands he has cooperated with or not. Also, he has not disclosed any information about the brands or companies he has endorsed. Because now he is no longer alive, it will remain a mystery indefinitely.

Awards and Nominations

Tim was honored with a star on the outside mural of Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue, which recognizes performers who have played sold-out shows or otherwise made a significant contribution to the culture at the iconic venue. In addition, we believe he could have won several awards as a result of his efforts.

Relationship Status

Tim married Susan Marie Gardner on August 18, 1995. However, he did not reveal anything about how they both met and dated each other. Moreover, it was seen that they both were quite happy being a couple at that moment. The couple together didn’t have any children.

On the other hand, talking about his past relationship he was previously married to Jan Alweiss in 1984 and later divorced in 1995. In addition, he was also married to Vicki Budinger in 1969 and later divorced in 1977. They both have one daughter Tulip Victoria Khaury who was born on May 10, 1971.

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Caption: Tiny Tim with his wife. Source: CBS News


Tim has always been concerned with his professional life. However, he hasn’t been associated with any rumors or controversies that would hamper his professional career. Also, he avoided the media and avoided engaging in contentious behavior or situations that could have damaged his reputation.

Body Measurements

Talking about his height he was 6 Feet 1 inch tall and weighed 70kg. Similarly, he had a good physique that measured 37-30-36 inches and he had beautiful black eyes and hair.

Also, his suitable dress size was 8 and his shoe size was 11(US). Moreover, he used to follow a solid workout and diet plan and a balanced lifestyle to maintain his body measurements.

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Caption: Tiny Tim giving a pose. Source: Morrison Hotel Gallery.

Tiny Tim – Social Media

Tiny Tim was not available on social media sites. In his days, social media weren’t as popular as now. The only medium of communication was the telephone and letters. However, in those days people were quite active in communicating with each other. He has a lot of fans so there are some of his fan-created profiles.