Thu, 12/17/2009

Tiny Tim Married Miss Vicki on "The Tonight Show" 40 Years Ago Today

A pop culture moment in TV occurred when singer Tiny Tim married Victoria Mae "Miss Vicki" Budinger on December 17, 1969 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tiny Tim had gained prominence for his odd appearance and falsetto voice, playing the ukulele and singing such songs as "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." When he mentioned to Johnny Carson that he was engaged, Carson casually suggested that he should get married on the show. In what certainly came off as a publicity stunt, the two were married in front of an audience of millions of TV viewers.

Watch the wedding and hear announcer/Carson sidekick Ed McMahon recount how it all came about at the Archive's The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson page.