Jimmy Dickens At Grand Ole Opry
Jimmy Dickens is a country music treasure who has mastered both tongue-in-cheek hillbilly honkytonk and serious ballads.
Dickens grew up in Bolt, West Virginia, on of 13 children in his family. As a college student in West Virginia, he began performing music for radio shows during the 1930s. Soon he was touring the nation under the name “Jimmy the Kid,” playing at radio stations across the country. Dickens quickly gained popularity and became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948. He was inducted into the Coutnry Music Hall of Fame in 1983.He became known for his flashy, rhinestone-studded outfits and short stature (he's only 4'11'), which earned him the nickname “Little Jimmy Dickens.” Dickens toured frequently, often with other Opry mainstays and country greats like Hank Williams. In 1964, Dickens became the first country artist to circle the world as part of a tour. He also made several television appearances on programs like Ozark Jubilee and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Dickens' only No. 1 hit is “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” a novelty song which also rose to No. 15 on pop charts. Dickens recorded hits in every decade from the 1940s to 1970s, including “Hillbilly Fever,” “A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed,” “The Violet and the Rose,” “Take and Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” and “I'm Little But I'm Loud.” Dickens is now the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, where he continues to perform and share his favorite slapstick jokes with the audience. In 2005 he was honored with the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award, which is given to artists who have had significant and distinctive impacts on the country music genre.