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Little Jimmy Dickens

Little Jimmy Dickens is the master of the country novelty song, as well as a renowned ballad singer. He also known for his diminutive stature -- he's less than five feet tall -- and his affection for flamboyant, rhinestone-studded outfits and country humor. Although he never had a consistent presence on the charts, he managed to have hits in every decade between the 1940s and the 1970s, and he became one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular performers.

Dickens was the 13th child of a West Virginian farmer. During his childhood, he fell in love with music and had a dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He began performing professionally while he was a student at the University of West Virginia in the late '30s, singing on a local radio station. Dickens left school shortly after he received his regular radio job. He began traveling around the country, singing on radio shows in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan under the name Jimmy the Kid. Roy Acuff heard Dickens sing on a radio show in Saginaw, MI, and invited him to sing on the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1949, Dickens -- who was now using the name Little Jimmy Dickens -- became a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry. That year, he also signed a record contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first single, "Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait," in the spring of 1949. The song became a Top Ten hit and launched a string of hit novelty, ballad, and honky tonk singles that lasted for a year, including "Country Boy," "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed," "Hillbilly Fever," and "My Heart's Bouquet." Early in the '50s, he formed a band called the Country Boys, which featured a steel guitar, two lead guitars, and drums. With their spirited traditional country approach and vague rockabilly inflections, the band didn't sound like their Nashville contemporaries. Perhaps that's why Dickens only had one hit between 1950 and 1962: 1954's "Out Behind the Barn."

Dickens bounced back to the Top Ten with the ballad "The Violet and the Rose" in 1962. Three years later, he had his biggest hit, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." The single topped the country charts and crossed over to number 15 on the pop charts. Although his next single, "When the Ship Hit the Sand," was moderately successful, Dickens wasn't able to replicate the success of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." In 1968, he stopped recording for Columbia, signing with Decca Records, where he had three minor hits in the late '60s and early '70s. In 1971, he moved to United Artists, which resulted in two more small hits, but by that time he had begun to concentrate on performing as his main creative outlet. Dickens continued to tour and perform at the Grand Ole Opry into the '90s, becoming one of the most beloved characters in country music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Jimmy is great at singing tearjerkers
Interviewed little Jimmy for TV several times Alway a gentleman!
I love Jimmys` style and his songs, I`m from the old school..
wbourland9
Little Jimmy Dickens is still a Great Performer. He still performs on the Grand Ole Opry every week although he tells the same jokes every week, I never get tired of hearing him tell them. . The Grand Ole Opry is still being aired on one of the greatest radio stations Clear Channel WSM650 AM.
Little Jimmie Dickens is a stalwart of country music. I can remember way back in the 40's listening to him when the Grand Old Opry came on over the radio on saturday nights. He is indeed one of theee best. Wetonka Dude.
eenabors
Love country music old timers mostly
he's dirty....
I feel he is great to listen to - real country music
don.bradley4
I remember driving a our old M Farmall, with a old car radio mounted on the tractor. Listhens to Little Jimmy Dickens & all the old classic country singers. Bring back old memeries
dickens sorry about the miss spelling
I grew up with little jimmy divkens
bresanchez05
I Love Lucy Brown is one of my favorites, he does a lot of funny stuff but he can do a lovely ballad. All around performer.
katzmyth
I wish Pandora would play more of his funny songs. I love this guy. It reminds me of my beloved late step-father which is always a warm and happy thing.
I love the Little Jimmie Dickens Ballads. Not the silly songs. No radio stations will play them. He put such feeling in them.
robertsearle
I always enjoyed Little Jimmy Dickens, since the early 50s, I used to have a 45RPM with "Bessie the Heifer" and "Git them cold feet on the other side". Apparently Pandora can't find them.
awesome.
guajardo77
Why don't you have Little Jimmy dickens song Raggedy Ann????????? ? ? ? ?
b21d22
Little Jimmy Dickens is one of the great showmen of all time. Dancing and strutting on the opry stage while singing and chewing gum at the same time. My best memory of him is on the grand ole opry show, all 4' 11" of him, sitting on Hawkshaw Hawkins' shoulder, all 6' 6" of him. About Hawkshaw, he said, "There's no getting around it, he's a biggun!" Well, Jimmy, you may be a small man but you are a giant star. God bless you.
Lefty Frizzell was one of my fav. when i was growing up.

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