Little Jimmy Dickens Will Be 90 in December

Little Jimmy Dickens shown much earlier in his country music career.


Little Jimmy Dickens will be 90 on December 19. He was born in 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia. He is the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry of which he has been a member for 60 years.

A little known fact is that he is a descendant of Charles Dickens the author of A Christmas Carol.

He has never let his 4 foot 11 size hold him back and it may have even brought more attention to him as he climbed the ladder of success in country music.

Hank Williams Sr. wrote his hit song Hey Good Lookin’ expressly for Dickens but changed his mind saying “That song’s too good for you”.

Dickens has been singing since the late 30’s and has been singing now for nine decades. He recorded five Top 10 hits in 1949-1950 but wouldn’t have another Top 10 hit till Out Behind the Barn reached No.9 on the charts.

He recorded his only No.1 hit in 1965 when May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose went to No.1 on the country music chart.

It has been 38 years since he last had a song in the Top 100 country music songs chart.

Little Jimmy Dickens questions whether Brad Paisley should have won a best video award saying that Taylor Swift deserved to win.

Little Jimmy Dickens was known for his novelty tunes but he could sing a country ballad with the best of them as in this song Another Bridge to Burn.

Little Jimmy Dickens singing Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed.

One of my best memories of Little Jimmy Dickens is when he was on a television show and told the fans to knock on his door because his fans are the reason he has what he has.

Many country music stars have been let go by the Grand Ole Opry over the years but Little Jimmy Dickens should be a member of the Grand Ole Opry as long as there is life in him because he is a living icon that represents country music at its best for nine decades.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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