Skip to comments.“Little Marcy” Tigner passes away
Posted on 06/19/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
We just received the following sad news (including a mention of Weirdomusic.com) through Registerguard.com: Former Eugene resident and recording artist Marcellaise Tigner, who performed as Little Marcy, died May 17 in Redmond at age 90.
Tigners childlike voice won her a recording contract with Cornerstone Records, who in 1964 released Happy Day Express: Sing With Marcy. Before that, she had put out two trombone records.
Tigners involvement in the film Teenage Diary led to her friendship with ventriloquist and actress Vonda Van Dyke, who encouraged Tigner to study ventriloquism. She was more comfortable performing live in her childlike voice, and with her ventriloquist doll.
Little Marcy became her on-stage vocal performance conduit. It soon became her stage name as well, and she recorded about 40 albums.
Reverend Marc Time did a June 3 radio special on Little Marcy on his Sunday Morning Hangover program on KWVA-FM, which is archived at rgne.ws/KQjBhB. He mentions the dolls, books, puzzles and videos she mass-produced in her prime in the 1960s and 70s.
On weirdmusic.com, an article noted She and her husband retired in the 80s to Eugene, where she performed at churches and bookstores.
In her later years, her fans were less from the Christian and gospel worlds than those who loved strange and obscure music, the site says.
Little Marcys hit is a song about a warm, soft cat called I Love Little Pussy, which many KWVA-DJs play on their shows.
[Thanks to Marc Time]
My Mom threw away my Marcy doll when we moved when I was little. I’ve been harassing her about it for nearly 40 years.
I loved that doll.
$1.98 seems a little pricey for a record back then....
Even singles weren’t cheap until they hit the bargain bin.
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