Levittown Then… Tiny Tim Comes to Levittown

November 15, 2013 7:24 pm0 commentsViews: 1112
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ASRO-TinyTim-1In the summer of 1969, the quirky pop star known as Tiny Tim made an appearance at the Levittown Shop-A-Rama, attracting a large crowd of fans and curious onlookers. He performed some of his songs that were hits at the time, including “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” accompanying himself on his trademark ukelele. He later signed autographs and accepted kisses on the cheek from local kids who lined up to meet him. The photos presented here are courtesy of Alice Deeny, from the collection of her late husband Gene Asro; these and more can be seen at www.AsroArchives.com .

 Tiny Tim, who was born Herbert Khaury in 1932, was known for his distinctive high falsetto voice. The year before coming to Levittown, he had made a memorable appearance on the hugely popular television show “Rown and Martin’s Laugh-In,” during which he pulled a ukelele out of an old shopping bag and sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Also in 1968, his first album was released, which included the smash hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips;” the following year, his collection of children’s songs, “For All My Little Friends,” was nominated for a Grammy award. Later in 1969, after his appearance at Shop-A-Rama, he married his first wife, known as Miss Vicki, on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Tiny Tim died in 1996, long after his popularity had faded, after suffering a heart attack onstage while performing for a women’s charity group in Minnesota.