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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

1. I Can't Get Over Me (Not Gettin' Over You)

2. My Eyes Are Jealous

3. Honky Tonk Troubles

4. Collection Of Failures

5. Call Him Me

6. Twice The Fool

7. May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

8. The Back Of My Hand

9. He Knocked Me Right Out Of The Box

10. Make Me An Offer

11. Half-Way Loved

12. A Rose From A Bride's Bouquet

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Track List: Handle With Care

1. Another Bridge To Burn

2. Is Goodbye That Easy To Say

3. Watching The Fire Go Down

4. I'll Sit This One Out

5. Sorrow's Tearing Down The House (That Happiness Once Built)

6. I Leaned Over Backwards For You

7. He Stands Real Tall

8. Stepping Stone

9. She's Not Forgotten Yet

10. Things Have Gone To Pieces

11. Life Turned Her That Way

12. Handle With Care

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Track List: The Essential "Little" Jimmy Dickens

Disc 1

1. Take An Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait)

2. Pennies For Papa

3. My Heart's Bouquet

4. Country Boy

5. I'll Be Back A-Sunday

6. A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed

7. A Rose From The Bride's Bouquet

8. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw

9. Hillbilly Fever

10. Walk Chicken, Walk ('Cause You're Too Fat To Fly)

11. Just When I Needed You

12. Out Of Business

13. I'm Little But I'm Loud

14. It May Be Silly (But It Ain't Fun)

15. I Wish You Didn't Love Me So Much

16. You All Come

17. Rockin' With Red

18. Out Behind The Barn

19. Blackeyed Joe's

20. Slow Suicide

Disc 2

1. Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)

2. A Ribbon And A Rose

3. Salty Boogie

4. We Could (Single Version)

5. Hey Worm! (You Wanna Wiggle)

6. Family Reunion

7. (I Got) A Hole In My Pocket

8. Me And My Big Loud Mouth

9. Hey Ma! (Hide The Daughter)

10. John Henry

11. The Violet And A Rose

12. Another Bridge To Burn

13. He Stands Real Tall

14. Life Turned Her That Way

15. May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

16. When The Ship Hit The Sand

17. Truck Load Of Starvin' Kangaroos

18. Who Licked The Red Off Your Candy

19. Country Music Lover

20. The Preacherman

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Track List: The Hits: 16 Biggest Hits

1. Take An Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait)

2. Country Boy

3. A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed

4. My Heart's Bouquet

5. Just When I Needed You

6. Hillbilly Fever

7. I'm Little But I'm Loud

8. Rockin' With Red

9. You All Come

10. Out Behind The Barn

11. Salty Boogie

12. Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)

13. We Could

14. (I Got) A Hole In My Pocket

15. The Violet And A Rose

16. May The Bird Of Paradise (Fly Up Your Nose)

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Track List: I'm Little, But I'm Loud: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

2. Salty Boogie

3. You All Come

4. Stinky Passed The Hat Around

5. I'm Gettin' Nowhere Fast

6. (I Got) A Hole In My Pocket

7. Love Must Be Catching

8. Country Boy Bounce (Inst.)

9. Happy Heartaches

10. Wabash Cannon Ball

11. Blackeyed Joe's

12. Slow Suicide

13. I Never Had The Blues

14. Raisin' The Dickens (Inst.)

15. Big Sandy

17. You Don't Have Love At All

18. Hannah

19. Me And My Big Loud Mouth

20. Hey Worm! (You Wanna Wiggle)

21. Hey Ma! (Hide The Daughter)

22. Walk, Chicken, Walk ('Cause You're Too Fat To Fly)

23. Out Behind The Barn

24. Red Wing (Inst.)

25. I'm Coming Over Tonight

26. Rockin' With Red

27. Hillbilly Fever

28. I Feel For You (But I Can't Quite Reach You)

29. I Wish You Didn't Love Me So Much

30. Jambalaya

31. Goodbye

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