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[on recording trouble with wax cylinders, around 1921] The tuba player and myself had to sit way back in the studio because when you blow notes out of the tuba it's too loud - the needle would jump off the cylinder and they'd have to start all over again. Same with the banjo. So I brought up the idea one morning of bringing my guitar to the studio and Sam [Lanin] put me under the horn. Visualize ...
His gentle, high tenor voice was the acknowledged inspiration for entertainer Tiny Tim
. They even had the same theme song, "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips." The two men eventually became friends, and, when, on December 17, 1969, Tim married first wife Miss Vicki (Vicki Budinger
) on "The Tonight Show," Lucas was there, at his request, to sing "Tulips."