Tiny Tim's Heart Attack at the 1996 Ukulele Hall Of Fame (Lost Video Footage)
|A portrait photo of Tiny Tim|
Footage of musician Tiny Tim having a heart attack at a performance in 1996 was broadcast on television all over the news, but has never found its way online.
Tiny Tim was a ukulele player famous for his falsetto rendition of Tiptoe Through The Tulips and his marriage to Miss Vicki Budinger on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in the late 1960s. However, in just a few years, his popularity faded away, and he continued a career of scarce singles, albums, and consistent live performances. In the 1990s, he emerged again with newfound popularity after numerous appearances on The Howard Stern Show.
The 1996 Ukulele Expo
On September 28, 1996, Tiny was invited to perform at the Ukulele Hall Of Fame Expo at the Montague Book Mill in Massachusetts. He was recorded several hours before his performance being interviewed and singing a selection of old songs from artists such as Rudy Vallee, Russ Columbo and Byron G Harlan, singers from the early 1900s.
The 40-minute interview was later released on a DVD entitled "Tiny Tim's Songs and Stories Of The Crooners", and it can be bought online. A segment from that interview can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrHam4Fosr8 (This video was thought to have been the last recorded video interview with Tiny, but in 2015 a video of Tiny being interviewed with a bandage on his head from the fall was posted, along with other news footage: https://youtu.be/f7A4CPsra54 )
However, When Tiny got up on stage to perform his set at the show, he announced, "I'm not feeling very well, so If I happen to a cough or anything, that's why." Right when the first note was played by his backing band, he fell off of the stage with the cameras rolling. This footage was played on national news stations everywhere. He came to later on, and it was revealed he had a heart attack. Tiny was advised to retire from performing but did not listen to the warnings, and he died of a massive heart attack two months later at a gala benefit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The footage of the heart attack is lost and has not surfaced.