Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury; April 12, 1932 – November 30, 1996) was an American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist.  He was most famous for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice.
Tiny Tim was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the son of a Polish Jewish mother, Tillie (née Staff), a garment worker, and a Lebanese Catholic father, Butros Khaury, a textile worker. He displayed musical talent at a very young age. In a 1968 interview on The Tonight Show, Khaury described the discovery of his ability to sing in an upper register in 1952: "I was listening to the radio and singing along as I was singing I said 'Gee, it's strange. I can go up high as well.'" He then entered a local talent show and sang "You Are My Sunshine" in his newly discovered falsetto. He started using the stage name Tiny Tim in 1962 when his manager at the time, George King, booked him at a club that favored acts by performers short in stature. According to the Social Security Death Index, his Social Security card showed his legal name as: "Tiny Tim".
Tiny Tim appeared in Jack Smith's Normal Love, as well as the independent feature film You Are What You Eat in which he sang the Ronettes song, "Be My Baby" in his falsetto range; also featured was a rendition of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe", with Tim singing the Cher parts in his falsetto voice, along with Eleanor Barooshian singing Sonny Bono's baritone part. These tracks were recorded with musicians who would later go on to be in The Band. The latter performance led to a booking on the massively popular Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, an American television comedy-variety show. Co-host Dan Rowan announced that Laugh-In believed in showcasing new talent, and introduced Tiny Tim. The singer entered carrying a shopping bag, pulled his soprano ukulele from it, and sang a medley of "A Tisket A Tasket" and "On the The Good Ship Lollipop" as an apparently dumbfounded co-host Dick Martin watched. In his third performance on Laugh-In, Tiny Tim entered, blowing kisses, preceded by an elaborate procession of the cast, and after a short interview, sang "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".
In 1968, his first album, God Bless Tiny Tim, was released. It contained an orchestrated version of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", which became a hit after being released as a single. For All My Little Friends, 1969, a collection of children's songs was nominated for a Grammy Award.
On December 17, 1969, with 21.4 million viewers watching, Tiny Tim married Victoria Mae Budinger (aka "Miss Vicki") on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. A daughter, Tulip Victoria, was born in 1971. During their marriage, Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki mostly lived apart, and divorced eight years later in 1977. He then subsequently married Jan Alweiss (1984) and Susan Marie Gardner (1995). When Tiny Tim first became well-known to the American public, pundits and journalists debated whether or not this character being presented was just an orchestrated act, or the real thing. "It quickly became clear that he was genuine," however, and that he could probably be best described as "a lonely outcast intoxicated by fame" and "a romantic" always in pursuit of his ideal dream.
After his career highlights, Tiny Tim's television appearances dwindled, and his popularity began to wane. He continued to play around the United States, making several lucrative appearances in Las Vegas. When he lost his Reprise recording contract he founded his own record label, and humorously named it Vic Tim Records, as a pun on the combination of his wife's name with that of his own. Tiny Tim, a biography by Harry Stein, was published in 1976 by Playboy Press. Notably, he performed with the popular American alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven in 1986. In the 1990s he released several albums, including Rock (1993), I Love Me (1993) and Girl (1996).
Tiny Tim played the ukulele left handed, though retained the standard string placement. The instruments he played included a vintage Martin, a Favilla and a Johnston metal resonator. A huge fan of Arthur Godfrey, Tim taught himself to play using a method book that came with the Godfrey-endorsed Maccaferri Islander plastic ukulele.