Nick Lucas in 19-what-the-70???

So, Nick Lucas introduced Tiptoe Through the Tulips in 1927.

You know the Jazz Age. The Roaring Twenties. F. Scott Fitzgeral and all that.

So, what a weirdo wonder to find him on The Tonight Show in 1970, singing the same song (apparently at the behest of a certain Mr. Tiny Tim).

He sounds great, and looks surprisingly agile.

I know 1927 to 1970 isn't that long a time, but the two ages seem so very, very different. What a great connector–music.

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  1. Wow I would have bet money that there wasn’t any surviving film of Nick Lucas. Thanks for this. As many years as have gone by from the days of the earliest artists of the 20th century, I always take the chance to see and hear as many of them as possible, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Django, Johnnie St. Cyr, Rosetta Tharp. Sometimes the only surviving footage comes from old movies (when is TMC going to go streaming?).

    1. I do believe there’s still footage of Nick Lusas presenting “Tiptoe Thru the Tulips.” I’ll have to dig around and see if I can find that.