Little Jimmy Dickens Passes
January 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM (PT)
Born in BOLT, WV on DECEMBER 19th, 1920, DICKENS was discovered by late ROY ACUFF; he joined the OPRY in 1948 and was its longest-running member at the time of his death. He enjoyed hits such as "Out Behind the Barn," "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" and "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." -- a #1 Country hit for 10 weeks in 1964.
His flashy, rhinestone suits, slight stature -- he was 4'11" tall -- and quick wit made him a favorite on the OPRY and around the world. DICKENS was inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 1983. He is survived by his wife, MONA.
BRAD PAISLEY paid tribute to DICKENS in a statement via TWITTER, writing that JIMMY was the best friend anyone could ask for. "Do not mourn LITTLE JIM. Celebrate him. Relive and share the memories. Aspire to be like him. And above all, laugh at the punchlines, the craziness and the way he so gracefully made this planet a funnier, better, richer place while he was alive. And in doing so, will continue to for years to come."