At Age 89 ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens Still Legend Of Grand Ole Opry

UPDATE—The Death of “Little” Jimmy Dickens.

Read Update On Jimmy Dickens Turning 90!

Being that it is Saturday one thing is for sure.  Come rain or shine one of the opening acts of tonight’s famed Grand Ole Opry will be the legendary singer that first graced the stage in 1948.

 ‘Little’  Jimmy Dickens at age 89 is still one of the most charismatic and traditional entertainers that performs at the Opry each weekend, the worlds longest running radio show.  One has to actually see and hear his singing and banter with the crowd to fully appreciate the fullness of his entertaining prowess.  With all the decades that Dickens has barn-stormed across the country singing his songs, and perfecting the timing of his jokes which always produces widespread laughter and warmth, there is no surprise why he is a must-see at the Opry.  His hard-work has paid off, and we thank him for the dedication to his craft.

I have been fortunate to see Jimmy Dickens twice on stage at the Opry and then also twice on the road in Wisconsin.  I met him each time locally and had the chance to chat and admire the ease he deals with fans.  He is one of those entertainers that stays after a show until each person has a personal memory to take home.  That is what being considerate of all your fans really means.

I am heartened each time that ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens takes to the Opry stage as the constants in life are important.  Folks such as Dickens connect the past to the present, and allow for a continuum so younger listeners of the radio show better understand its remarkable past.  As more and more of the legends slip away, the presence of Jimmy Dickens is even more a treasured thing.  Tonight as the big red curtain rises in Nashville we will all smile and be glad that Dickens still has the ability and desire to charm and entertain the crowd.

To hear the Opry and Jimmy Dickens (along with its star-studded cast) click on the picture of Dickens on the right side of this blog.

Interactive: Before And After Shots Of Haiti Earthquake

Unbelievable.

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Democrats Right To Consider Reconciliation To Pass Health Care Bill

I have beat the drum for months ( herehere…and here) about the logic concerning Democrats using reconciliation to pass health care.  Perhaps the dire nature of where the Democrats are now politically will  finally force them to grow a pair and act on behalf of the nation that is waiting and needing health care reform.  Reconciliation is not a new idea, and Republicans are not foreign to the concept.  In fact, since 1995 Republicans have pushed everything from the Contract with  (on)America, welfare reform, tax cuts targeted at the rich, and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by using reconciliation.  For them to harp now about reconciliation is nothing more than the ‘same-old’ from the party of no new ideas. 

Even if Democrats lose the Jan. 19 special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator, Congress may still pass a health-care overhaul by using a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

“Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” said Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“Getting health-care reform passed is important,” Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “Reconciliation is an option.”

Picture Of What Osama Bin-Laden Might Look Like Today

A digitally enhanced and aged image of Osama bin Laden was released Friday by the U.S. State Department showing what bin-Laden could look like today with a full beard and with his hair trimmed. Information about rewards for terrorist suspects is at www.rewardsforjustice.net. There is a $25-million reward for bin Laden.

Saturday Song: Dickey Lee “Never Ending Song Of Love”

Dickey Lee has been one of my favorites for (gasp) over three decades.  There is not a lot of video online for this singer, but I was real pleased to not only find the one here, but also see that someone I truly respect is aging nicely while still doing what he loves.  This version of his classic “Never Ending Song Of Love” was filmed in 2009.

Since we are on this theme lets see how Dickey Lee looked and sounded years before when he sang the song while on a TV show with Barbara Mandrell.