Tiny Tim, Live In Chicago

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Though this relatively late 1995 you-are-there leans more toward Mr. Tim's hard-rock fascinations, such as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," there is no doubt that Tiny celebrated the vocal mannerisms and inflections of the '20s and '30s, so much so that his sincerity was often mistaken for camp. He was infused with the crooner style (he once devoted an entire album to the songs of Russ Columbo), and here, on Elvis '"Are You Lonesome Tonight," he makes the stylistic leap between Bing and Presley, a symbiotic relationship often overlooked in the traceries of rock & roll's beginnings.