Little Jimmy Dickens sings “Take An Old Tater (And Wait)”
James Cecil Dickens was born in Bolt, West Virginia on December 19, 1920, but he was better known as Little Jimmy Dickens. He was not only famous for his singing but for his humorous novelty songs, his small size (4’11”) and his rhine-stone-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 became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens recorded many songs including “Country Boy”, “I’m Little But I’m Loud” and his biggest hit,”May theBird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.”
Toward the end of his life, Dickens made appearances in a number of music videos by fellow country musician and West Virginia native Brad Paisley. Dickens played the Opry on December 20 for the last time. He died of cardiac arrest on January 2, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Mona Dickens, whom he married in 1971, and two daughters, Pamela Detert and Lisa King.