Herbert Khaury (April 12, 1932 – November 30, 1996; aged 64), professionally known as Tiny Tim, was an American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist. His cover of "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" was featured posthumously in the SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode, "Help Wanted." His name is also mentioned in the season 1 episode "MuscleBob BuffPants."
On November 30, 1996, Tim died of a heart attack while performing onstage in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 64.
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In September 1996, Tim suffered a heart attack right as he started to sing at an ukulele festival at the Montague Grange Hall (often confused in accounts of the incident with the nearby Montague Bookmill, at which he had recorded a video interview earlier that same day) in Montague, Massachusetts. He was hospitalized at the nearby Franklin County Medical Center in Greenfield for three weeks, before being discharged with strong admonitions not to perform again because of his health and the dietary needs for his diabetic and heart conditions. Nevertheless, Tim had decided to ignore the advice.
On November 30, while playing at a Gala Benefit at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, Tim suffered another heart attack onstage and was later pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center. He was 64 years old when he died.
Tim is survived by Susan Marie Gardner, his third wife, and is entombed in a mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Around the time of Tiny Tim's passing, the crew of SpongeBob SquarePants were writing the pilot episode, "Help Wanted." Unbeknownst to him and without authorization from his estate, the episode used a recording of a cover Tiny Tim performed of "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight." Due to disputes over the home video rights to the cover, the episode was not officially released on home video to the public (even on the season 1 box set) until 2005, with the release of the season 3 box set.
- "Help Wanted" - Singer (posthumous)
- Tiny Tim was also featured in one of the cast in the 1987 film Blood Harvest.
- ^ Associated Press (December 2, 1996). Tiny Tim Dies After Singing "Tulip" Song. Deseret News.
- ^ Martell, Justin A. (November 30, 2016). Tiny Tim is Signing Off: The Tragic Tale of an Artist’s Final, Fatal Performance: Twenty years ago, the ‘Eternal Troubadour’ collapsed on stage. medium.com.
- ^ Heintjes, Tom (September 21, 2012). The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants. Hogan's Alley.