TOP OF THE NEWS: Uke-strumming, falsetto-crooning Tiny Tim has died of an apparent heart attack. The former Herbert Khaury topped the pop charts in 1968 with "Tip-Toe Thru' the Tulips with Me"--the song he was performing when he suffered his fatal attack Saturday night. He had been recovering from an earlier heart attack. As close as we can tell, he was between 64 and 74 years old.

O.J. PREVIEW: Now that O.J. is off the stand in the civil trial, plaintiffs' attorneys are expected to put his friends on the stand to poke holes in his testimony. Expected to make appearances: Al Cowlings, Robert Kardashian and Paula Barbieri...Meanwhile, Nicole Brown's townhouse--the scene of the famous murders--has finally been purchased for nearly $600,000. The buyer? A local lawyer.

ELF-WATCH: Tonight in Hollywood is the 66th annual Christmas Parade, featuring the regular lineup of stars, elves and wannabes. The grand marshal is Baywatch honcho and German singing sensation David Hasselholf.

VAN HALEN REDUX? Word has it that Motley Crue has been paying close attention to the recent Van Halen-David Lee Roth reunion/war. Crue is recording a new album featuring former frontman Vince Neil--who was fired in 1992--and his replacement John Corabi. Both are expected to join the band for a subsequent tour.

DUKE DROPS: Mel Gibson has knocked John Wayne off his pedestal as America's favorite movie star, according to a new Harris poll. Wayne has been at the top despite his death in 1979, but was edged out this year by Gibson. Demi Moore was the highest ranking female, at number 14.

BOX OFFICE: Along with turkey and stuffing, people seem to love a good flick over the long holiday weekend. This year was especially boffo, with Disney?s live-action 101 Dalmatians scoring big in the weekend estimates with $46.0 million. Star Trek: First Contact was second with $23.4 million. Space Jam was third with a $17.9 million haul, followed by Ransom with $17.6 million and Jingle All the Way with $17.5 million.

GUN CONTROL: Bob Dylan allowed a choir to re-record his classic "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" to benefit classmates and siblings of the children shot dead in the Scottish school massacre. The song features a new verse calling for gun control. A gun lobby has denounced the new version as "potentially dangerous."

BO DON?T KNOW RAP: Rock legend Bo Diddley doesn?t get gangsta rap. The pioneer guitarist, who?s been making the rounds promoting a new album, refers to the hip-hop genre as "rap-crap."

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