November 1, 2016
The legend that was Mr Khaury was born in 1932 and after many years in obscurity finally achieved overnight success with a “novelty” single in 1968 at (what was then seen as) the ancient age of 36. Over six foot tall, with an ironic Dickens-inspired stage name he was left-handed yet strummed a right-handed stringed ukulele and sang sometimes in falsetto, sometimes in baritone. It’s odd to think how strange people found his novelty hit in 1968 as it was a cover version of a song released (back in the dawn of time) 39 years earlier in 1929! No one would think twice today if I released a cover version of any song from 1977…..a similar 39 years ago. Herbert continued to perform and record until his untimely death at the age of 64 twenty years ago. Here is my tribute to this legendary performer.