Cover of Tiny Tim
This one is for you Stephen T. McCarthy.
Bizarre, funny, and misunderstood. Tiny Tim was seen more as a silly singer of novelty tunes than the the talented artist that he was. Sure, he capitalized on his outre status--why not? If it sold records and got him gigs, why not take advantage of what people expected. All people are strange if you really think about it and Tiny Tim was honest about it.
Here's a story: Back in 1980 I went on a short tour with a very funny magician named Chuck Windley. We were playing dates in the Northeast United States during the Christmas season. After setting out from Charlotte, North Carolina, we pulled an all-nighter travelling to New England. With the coming of daylight we reached New York City. As we entered the Holland Tunnel, Chuck driving his mid-seventies model Cadillac pulling a battered trailer filled with show equipment, we were giddy and blurry-eyed from a long night of driving and laughing and just being plain silly. When we emerged from the other side of the tunnel in the gray haze of early morning, the first person we saw on the street was Tiny Tim.
Yes, it was him as big as life. There was no mistaking this. Another burst of laughter erupted inside the Caddy. It was too strange and wonderful. We were strange because people are strange. And life is often strange like a dream.