Little Jimmy Dickens
|Little Jimmy Dickens|
Dickens in 1971
|Birth name||James Cecil Dickens|
|Also known as||Little Jimmy Dickens|
|Born||December 19, 1920|
Bolt, West Virginia
|Died||January 2, 2015 (aged 94)|
|Labels||Columbia Records, Decca Records, United Artists Records|
|Associated acts||Buddy Emmons, Kenneth Carllile, Hank Garland, Red Foley, Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard|
James Cecil Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known by his stage name, Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer and songwriter famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size (4'11" [150 cm]), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances). He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Before his death he was the oldest living member of the [[Grand Ole Opry
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Dickens was born in Bolt, West Virginia. He began his musical career in the late 1930s, performing on radio station WJLS in Beckley, West Virginia, while attending West Virginia University. He soon quit school to pursue a full-time music career, traveling the country performing on local radio stations under the name "Jimmy the Kid."
In 1948, Dickens was heard performing on WKNX, a radio station in Saginaw, Michigan while on location at Buck Lake Ranch, Angola Indiana. Roy Acuff introduced him to Art Satherly at Columbia Records and officials from the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens signed with Columbia in September and joined the Opry in August. Around this time he began using the nickname Little Jimmy Dickens, inspired by his short stature.
Dickens recorded many novelty songs for Columbia, including "Country Boy", "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed", and "I'm Little but I'm Loud". His song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" inspired Hank Williams to nickname him Tater. Later, telling Dickens he needed a hit, Williams wrote "Hey Good Lookin'" in only 20 minutes while on a plane with Dickens, Minnie Pearl, and Pearl's husband, Henry Cannon. A week later Williams recorded the song himself, jokingly telling Dickens, "That song's too good for you!"
In 1950, Dickens formed the Country Boys with musicians Jabbo Arrington, Grady Martin, Bob Moore, and Thumbs Carllile. It was during this time that he discovered future Country Music Hall of Famer Marty Robbins at a Phoenix, Arizona television station while on tour with the Grand Ole Opry road show. In 1957, Dickens left the Grand Ole Opry to tour with the Philip Morris Country Music Show.
In 1962, Dickens had his first top-10 country hit since 1954 with "The Violet and the Rose".
In 1964, he became the first country artist to circle the globe while on tour. He also made numerous appearances on television, including on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In 1965, he released his biggest hit, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", which reached number 1 on the country chart and number 15 on the pop chart.
In the late 1960s, Dickens left Columbia for Decca Records before moving again to United Artists in 1971. That same year, he married his wife, Mona, and in 1975 he returned to the Grand Ole Opry. In 1983. Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Dickens joined the producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night cast CD Christmas Time’s A Comin’, performing "Jingle Bells" with the cast (the CD was released by Sonlite and MGM/UA and was one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers).
Toward the end of his life, Dickens made appearances in a number of music videos by the country musician and West Virginia native Brad Paisley. He was also featured on several of Paisley's albums in bonus comedy tracks, along with other Opry mainstays such as George Jones and Bill Anderson. They were collectively referred to as the Kung-Pao Buckaroos.
With the death of Hank Locklin in March 2009, Dickens became the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, at the age of 90. He made regular appearances as a host at the Opry, often with the self-deprecating joke that he is also known as "Willie Nelson after taxes," playing on his resemblance to Nelson in his later years, Nelson's highly publicized problems with the Internal Revenue Service, and Dickens's own short stature. At the 2011 CMA Awards, Dickens was dressed as Justin Bieber and made fun of Bieber's current paternity scandal.
Dickens was hospitalized after a stroke on December 25, 2014, days after his last appearance on the Opry to mark his birthday. He died of cardiac arrest on January 2, 2015, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife, Mona Dickens, whom he married in 1971, and two daughters, Pamela Detert and Lisa King. After his funeral on January 8, 2015 at the Grand Ole Opry House, Dickens was entombed in the Cross Mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.
Dickens married Connie Chapman in 1944, the marriage ended in divorce in 1955. Later that year, he married Ernestine Jones; she died in 1968 in an automobile accident while traveling in Texas. He married Mona Evans in 1971.
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|1954||Old Country Church
|1960||Big Songs by Little Jimmy Dickens
|1962||Little Jimmy Dickens Sings Out Behind the Barn
|1965||Handle with Care
|May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
|1968||Big Man in Country Music
|Little Jimmy Dickens Sings
|1969||Jimmy Dickens Comes Callin'
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|1957||Raisin' the Dickens
|1966||Little Jimmy Dickens' Greatest Hits
|1976||Hymns of the Hour
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|1949||"Take an Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait)"||7||—||Raisin' the Dickens|
|"My Heart's Bouquet"||10||—||Big Songs by Little Jimmy Dickens|
|"A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed"||6||—||Raisin' the Dickens|
|1950||"A Rose from the Bride's Bouquet"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Walk Chicken, Walk"||—||—|
|"Out of Business"||—||—|
|"I'm Little, but I'm Loud"||—||—||Raisin' the Dickens|
|1951||"Cold Feet"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"What About You"||—||—|
|"Sign of the Highway"||—||—|
|"Poor Little Darlin'"||—||—|
|"Old Rugged Cross" (with the Johnson Family Singers)||—||—|
|1952||"They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain"||—||—|
|"Hot Diggity Dog"||—||—|
|"Take Up Thy' Cross"||—||—||Old Country Church|
|"No Tears in Heaven"||—||—|
|"Wedding Bell Waltz"||—||—||Non-album single|
|1953||"I Shall Not Be Moved"||—||—||Old Country Church|
|"Sidemeat and Cabbage"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"I'm Making Love to a Stranger"||—||—|
|"Thick and Thin"||—||—|
|"No Place Like Home on Christmas"||—||—|
|1954||"That Little Old Country Church House"||—||—||Old Country Church|
|"Y'All Come Home"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"You Better Not Do That"||—||—|
|"Out Behind the Barn"||9||—||Raisin' the Dickens|
|"Blackeyed Joe's"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Stinky Pass the Hat Around"||—||—|
|"I'm Braver Now"||—||—|
|1956||"Hey Worm (You Wanna Wiggle)"||—||—|
|"Country Boy Bounce" (with the Country Boys)||—||—|
|"Cornbread and Buttermilk"||—||—|
|"Say It Now"||—||—|
|"Raisin' the Dickens" (with the Country Boys)||—||—|
|1957||"I Never Had the Blues"||—||—|
|"Makin' the Rounds"||—||—|
|1958||"(I Got a) Hole in My Pocket"||—||—|
|1959||"When Your House Is Not a Home"||—||—|
|"Hey Ma (Hide the Daughter)"||—||—|
|1960||"We Lived It Up"||—||—|
|"Fireball Mail"||—||—||Big Songs by Little Jimmy Dickens|
|1961||"Talking to the Wall"||—||—||Non-album single|
|1962||"Twenty Cigarettes"||—||—||Out Behind the Barn|
|"The Violet and the Rose"||10||—|
|"Police, Police"||—||—||Non-album single|
|1963||"Another Bridge to Burn"||28||—||Handle with Care'|
|1964||"I Leaned Over Backwards for You"||—||—|
|"Is Goodbye That Easy to Say"||—||—|
|1965||"He Stands Real Tall"||21||—|
|"May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose"[A]||1||15||May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose|
|1966||"When the Ship Hit the Sand"||27||103||Greatest Hits|
|"Who Licked the Red Off Your Candy"||41||—||Big Man in Country Music|
|"Where the Buffalo Trud"||—||—|
|1967||"Country Music Lover"||23||—|
|"Jenny Needs a G-String (For Her Old Guitar)"||—||—|
|"Daddy and the Wine"||—||—||Little Jimmy Dickens Sings|
|1968||"I Love Lucy Brown"||—||—|
|"How to Catch an African Skeeter Alive"||69||—||Little Jimmy Dickens Comes Callin'|
|"Someday You'll Call My Name"||—||—|
|"When You're Seventeen"||55||—||Greatest Hits (1966)|
|1969||"Times Are Gonna Get Better"||—||—||Non-album singles|
|1970||"(You've Been Quite a Doll) Raggedy Ann"||75||—|
|"Everyday Family Man"||70||—|
|1971||"Here It Comes Again"||—||—|
|"You Only Want Me for My Body"||—||—|
|1972||"Try It, You'll Like It"||61||—|
|1978||"How Much is That Picture of Jesus?"||—||—|
|Dash denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Year||Song||Peak positions||A-Side Single|
|1949||"Pennies for Papa"||12||"Take an Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait)"|
|1962||"Honky Tonk Troubles"||25||"The Violet and the Rose"|
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