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My Friend Ernie
I first met Ernie Clark thirteen years ago when I was in search of video footage of Tiny Tim. It seemed to be hard to find, but I figured somebody must have this stuff, and if I kept looking I would find that person. Boy, was I right. That person was Ernie Clark, King of the Tiny Heads, and he had EVERYthing. His little house in Battle Creek, Michigan was Tiny Tim Mecca.
He first discovered Tiny on Laugh In back in 1968 back when he was just thirteen years old. He was entranced, and promptly went out and bought a magazine that had pages you could cut out and place on your wall to create a makeshift poster. Ernie taped those pages up over his bed and declared himself a fan, and that was it. He was in it for the long haul.
The love of music in general was the driving force in Ernie’s life from the time he was a child. He was obsessive, collecting every known and unknown track ever laid down by all of his favorite artists - especially Tiny and the Beatles, who were his great idols. If you want an illustration of the depth and breadth of Ernie's passion and scholarship, just check out the astonishing ten page long discogrgraphy here on Tiny Tim. org, which contains information about every recording Tiny was ever known to have done- no small feat, given the plethora of material that he recorded on sometimes microscopic labels.
As much as he loved collecting, I think Ernie’s greatest pleasure came from sharing what he had with his many friends and acquaintainces all around with world. He wanted everyone to hear the music he loved. I alone have perhaps eight hundred cd’s that he made for me, covering just about every musical genre. I can’st imagine how many little white envelopes he must have mailed out to people over the years. Tens of thousands, I suppose. Ernie’s generosity was legendary.
If I had to choose just one word to describe Ernie, I would say he was loyal. He gave himself over entirely to the people and the music that he loved. A lot of the stuff that means the most to others- financial success, power, social prestige- meant nothing to him. He led strictly from the heart. He was a enormous softie whose sympathetic love for his friends was so great that if anything bad befell one of us, he would be positively incapacitated by worry and concern. I once made the mistake of telling him a mountain lion had been spotted in my town, and he spent the next six years fearing that I would be eaten. He worried about all of his close friends this way. If one of us was sick, all the rest knew about it in great detail. He was like a grandparent who wanted all of us to wear our long underwear. It was at once maddening and utterly endearing.
Ernie’s health issues kept him closer and closer to home as the years went by, but his field of influence was wide. When news of his passing went out, a wave of grief rippled across the ocean and around the world. We, his many friends, are mostly an eccentric lot, but he was the most obsessive and eccentric of us all, just as you would expect from the world’s biggest Tiny Tim fan. What are we going to do without him? I really have no idea. My heart is broken.
Ernie’s favorite recording of Tiny’s was 'This Is All I Ask'. Perhaps some of you would like to play it in his honor.
Goodbye Dearest Ernie.
The world has just lost a wonderful, funny and intelligent man who gave so much so freely to the many who crossed his path.
Ernie was a beautiful chap who was so willing to share whatever he had with anyone who expressed a shared passion. Whether it was Tiny Tim, Stevie Ray Vaughn, his beloved Beatles or a host of others up to and including Beavis & Butthead, if there was a way that Ernie could supply you with something you loved, it would be done. In my case it was Tiny Tim and from the very beginning. Over a decade ago Ernie made me feel that my interest in Tiny was important and that it was no trouble to spend a copious amount of his time enthusing and educating me about Tiny.
Over the years I did my best to document all that he told me about Tiny, he consistently surprised me with the depth of his knowledge, there seemed to be nothing he didn’t know and all those who knew him know that he was gifted with an innate ability to remember facts and information. The world just lost an important oral historian, most especially those who ‘get’ Tiny Tim. That’s how he described we Tiny fans, we are people who ‘get’ Tiny. But Ernie’s generosity was only part of the picture- added to this was his dry sense of humour and sharp wit which was a delight, and you could always rely on Ernie to nail it with a zinger. He called me ‘Little Buddy’ because I’m weedy like Gilligan and he was solid like the Skipper. He was also a deeply sensitive man. Sadly his health worsened steadily over the past few years and nothing seemed to be able to stop it happening. Amazingly Ernie didn’t let this stop him caring about and giving to others which he did right up until the end. Just before he passed and during our last conversation he asked me how my Mother was. I couldn’t believe that someone so ill himself and fighting for each breath would be so kind as to ask after someone else’s health. What the future without Ernie will be like I just can imagine, not nearly as warm and wonderful as the future with him in it that’s for sure. Right now it feels like it will be a long slow burn.
I’ll never forget you big guy.
I first heard of Ernie through some fans whom I had met at a Tiny concert. They urged me to call Ernie because he was very knowledgeable about Tiny & he probably had some of Tiny’s music that he would be willing to share. Twenty years of phone conversations & emails brings us where we are today, with fond memories that will never fade.
Through his vast knowledge of all things Tiny related he relentlessly dedicated himself to extending the 'Tiny experience' to younger generations & to present generations who may have lost touch with Tiny through his vast collection of Tiny’s music & video clips. He was very generous in sharing his collection with you & If you ordered a CD from him there were always some extra songs added or an extra CD or just some surprise that might make you happy.
A high point in Ernie’s Tiny experience was when Tiny came to Battle Creek to perform in a club there. Ernie had arranged the event with the owner of the club. Since Tiny had a lot of time to kill during the day, Ernie & his friend Dave escorted Tiny to the mall to do a bit of shopping. Another high point of the day was when Tiny returned to Ernie’s house with him & sang to Ernie’s mother who was bedridden. Tiny & Ernie were alike in their generosity & wanting to share whatever they had to make someone happy.
Ernie was one of a kind & he will be hugely missed. We as fans owe him a debt of gratitude for all the hard work © diligence he put into making the Tiny experience so accessible to us. Thank you, Ernie...
As Bing Crosby once put it, Tiny Tim represents ’sone of the most phenomenal success stories in show business’s. In 1968, after years of playing dive bars and lesbian cabarets on the Greenwich Village scene, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce, the forty-something falsetto-voiced, ukulele-playing Tiny Tim landed a recording contract with Sinatra’s Reprise label and an appearance on NBC’s Laugh-In. The resulting album, God Bless Tiny Tim, and its single, 'Tip-toe Thru' The Tulips With Me', catapulted him to the highest levels of fame. Soon, Tiny was playing to huge audiences in the USA and Europe, while his marriage to the seventeen-year-old 'Miss' Vicki was broadcast on The Tonight Show in front of an audience of fifty million. Before long, however, his star began to fade. Miss Vicki left him, his earnings evaporated, and the mainstream turned its back on him. He would spend the rest of his life trying to revive his career, with many of those attempts taking a turn toward the absurd. But while he is often characterized as an oddball curio, Tiny Tim was a master interpreter and student of early American popular song, and his story is one of Shakespearean tragedy framed around a bizarre yet loveable public persona. Here, drawing on dozens of new interviews, never-before-seen diaries, and years of original research, author Justin Martell brings that story to life with the first serious biography of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in popular music.
Order from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Troubadour-Improbable-Life-Tiny/dp/1908279877
I was the co-owner and manager of a nightclub in Denver called Ruby, which was only around in the early 1990s. We (my partner, Lannie Garrett and myself) had Tiny Tim perform at the club for two nights, June 6 and 8, 1991 -- I’m not sure why we didn’t go a show on June 7. He did two shows each night, plus he did several promotional appearances for us.
The back line musicians were: Doug Roche on piano, Mike Marlier on drums and Dan Shore on bass. Tiny Tim played nonstop for at least 90 minutes if not longer and blew all those musicians away with his knowledge. He would just turn around to them and say something like "In G, boys!" and off he’d go and they’d have to keep up with him.
Lannie remembers taking him to Berardi’s Italian Restaurant, which no longer exists, for dinner where he used disinfectant on his glass and brought his own plastic silverware, wrapped in plastic, to eat with!! Lannie also remembers that it broke his heart that Tiny Tim sent Johnny Carson his prized ukelele when Johnny retired and he never heard a word or got a "thank you " you from Johnny.
I was the one who "escorted " Tiny Tim everywhere, including finding his accommodation, which was not an easy task, as well as drove him all over town for those few days. Tiny was very particular about where he would stay, and most hotels didn’t meet up to this "cleanliness " standards. We finally secured him a room at Castle Marne, a B&B on E. 16th Avenue, which Tiny approved of because it was so spotless clean, especially the bathroom. The owners of Castle Marne -- still under the same ownership -- were quite proud of the fact that they were able to host Tiny Tim and reach his high standards.
I remember all of it with incredible fondness: He was such a sweetheart and a joy to be around. He would always say "Whatever you’d like, Mr. Tom," which is what he called everyone as you know, by their first name with a Mr. or Miss added to it.
Mostly, what I remember is the depth of his musical knowledge. I took him into a record store and he blew everyone away by knowing the B side to virtually every 45 or 78 rpm record he pulled out of the bin. He was a walking encyclopedia, and he spoke to me at great length about his hope of doing a 4-hour (or longer) non-stop performance -- he wanted to set a new record for non-stop performing as I remember.
I also recall going to the grocery store to buy his Depends, which he did with aplomb and without embarrassment. He caused quite a stir in the grocery store, the King Soopers on E. 9th Avenue, and many of the employees came over to meet him, which of course he did with delight. I would also ask if he was OK about doing a radio interview or whatever, and he would just say: "I’m working for you, Mr. Tom. Whatever you say! "
We would drive around and talk, and I remember vividly when I asked him about "Buddy Can you Spare a Dime?" and he pulled out his uke and played the entire song for me, from his vast memory of course. He seemed to have total recall, especially of music from 1900-1940, although he was also knowledgeable about the music of everyone, from The Beatles to Rolling Stones, etc. etc. I loved him: Mickey Mouse clock and all. I’ll never forget him.
Icon of 1960s art scene Martin Sharp dies aged 71
ARTIST Martin Sharp, who created some of the defining images of the 1960s, has died in Sydney after a long illness. He was aged 71.
Sharp came to prominence with his cartoons and art work for the satirical magazine Oz in Australia and in London. Long-time friend Philippa Drynan confirmed the artist had died on Sunday night after a long battle with emphysema Sharp’s psychedelic posters of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan embodied the exuberant spirit of the 1960s counterculture. He created the cover for the Cream’s seminal album Disraeli Gears for which he also wrote the lyrics for the iconic song Tales of Brave Ulysses. After returning to Sydney, Sharp established the Yellow House, an artists’ collective in Sydney’s Potts Point that shaped the creative output of a generation of artists, film makers and performers.
He was tenacious about his passions. Among these, he championed the work of US singer Tiny Tim. Sharp was deeply affected by the fatal fire at Sydney’s Luna Park in 1979, and this became a theme in a number of his works. He was not prolific but worked and re-worked his images over many years.
Alongside one of his paintings, begun several decades ago, in recent exhibition he wrote a sign that said "Still A Work in Progress".
Martin Sharp: Art, music and a mind-blowing voyage of discovery
Arthur says: Ode To Uke is a quirky look at the ukulele and its ripple effect on the world since it first landed in Hawaii. There are chapters on country music, ukulele heroes (including Tiny Tim), Hawaii and much more. A tribute to an instrument small in size but large in heart. Find out more at www.ukulelebook.co.uk.
is the last recorded interview and performance of 1960's icon and ukulele legend Tiny Tim. Accompanying himself on ukulele, Tiny Tim sings 24 songs and snippets interspersed with remembrances of his life and musical influences.
This professionally produced, 38-minute entertaining and enlightening DVD shows that Tiny Tim was much more than a "one hit wonder." In addition to his trademark falsetto singing voice, Mr. Tim has a strong baritone and expertly mimics the great crooners Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo and Rudy Vallee. He tells why he started playing the ukulele and, with songs and stories, demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the great era of American popular song from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Videotaped at Ukulele Expo '96 just two hours before he suffered a non-fatal heart attack in front of a standing-room-only audience of admiring fans, it was Tiny's wish that "Songs and Stories of the Crooners" be produced expressly for the benefit and promotion of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ukulele music and history.
Although perhaps best remembered for his 1968 novelty hit "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" and for his wedding to Miss Vicky on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in front of 40 million viewers, Tiny Tim continued recording and entertaining as America's troubadour to the end. While singing "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" at a comeback performance on November 30th, 1996, he suffered another heart attack and died, ending an amazing five decade career. Tiny Tim remains one of the most instantly recognized personalities in entertainment.
ANNOUNCING THE LATEST TINY TIM CD RELEASE! ADD THIS GREAT NEW CD TO YOUR COLLECTION TODAY.
The cd is long out of print but is still available as a download on Amazon.
Tiny Tim - "I've Never Seen A Straight Banana - Rare Moments: Volume 1"
We like characters here at 'Collectors' Choice Music', because characters often make the best music, and thus our label roster has the likes of Spike Jones, Shel Silverstein, Little Richard and even Wildman Fischer. But there is one artist who out-characters them all, Mr. Herbert Khaury a.k.a. Tiny Tim, and with this release we proudly add him to our colorful label roster! Actually, Tim's outrageous persona and 'Tonight Show' wedding tended to obscure the fact that the guy was a walking encyclopedia of early American popular music, and you can hear that on this collection of completely UNRELEASED recordings recorded and produced in 1976. Tim takes us from the earliest Edison cylinders all the way up through Eddie Cantor, Bob Dylan and then-contemporary songs of the day, with some originals and no shortage, of, yes, character on these 15 tracks! Tiny Tim biographer Justin Martell contributes liner notes.
Includes 'Prelude: What Strange God Designed Me? I've Never Seen a Straight Banana' (with a full band overdub starring Terre Roche of the Roches); 'Baby Shoes; Mr. Phonograph; It's Not Your Nationality; Nobody Loves a Fat Man; You Are Heaven Here on Earth; The Space Ship Song; Tiny Meets Dylan: Vagabond Lover/Like a Rolling Stone/My Time Is Your Time; Granny/Carolina Mammy; You Can Take Me Away from Dixie (but You Can't Take Dixie from Me); School Days; With My Guitar; Dear Tuesday; I Found You; When They're Old Enough to Know Better (It's Better to Leave Them Alone)', and some ?deleted scenes.? A guaranteed good time, a 'Collectors; Choice Music' exclusive! Available now.
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