Tiny Tim Short Story

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The ukulele, a four-stringed instrument, is receiving more and more attention over time. “No instrument in the domain of small goods has reached the height of popularity in so brief a period of time as has the ukulele, which is now the rage on the Pacific Coast and in large cities throughout the country” (Music Trades 2016). However, do you know the story of it? I always wanted a ukulele ever since I saw a video online of a girl playing it, the liveliness of the tune caught me, and I loved it. However, just like everybody else, I never really looked into the history of it. Where did it originate? How many types are there? Who were some famous composers? Why is it that it’s becoming so popular these days? Therefore, I looked into it and found…show more content…
“Tiny Tim" was the last and most successful of many stage names adopted by singer and ukulele player Herbert Khaury. Born in New York, Khaury was a struggling performer as Darry Dover, Larry Love, Julian Foxglove, and Sir Timothy Thames, before being given a small part in the counterculture movie You Are What You Eat in 1968. He became most well known as Tiny Tim, the pseudonym he was currently employed, and received his first national exposure shortly afterward on NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. His odd garb, odder stage presence, and falsetto renditions of old songs quickly made Tiny Tim a celebrity. His signature song (and 1968 hit) was "Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me"; it was first recorded in 1929” (St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture 2013). And also a female artist, who was a “Juxtaposing fresh-faced country girl innocence with practical business sense, Anne Murray is a Canadian national treasure who, from the early 1970s, became a singing star throughout North America. By the late 1990s, her velvety contralto voice and personable delivery had taken her from her simple beginnings as a ukulele-strumming folk singer to a high profile as one of the most highly paid Canadian entertainers” (St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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