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‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens Turns 90, Gold Standard Of Grand Ole Opry

December 19, 2010

Today ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens celebrates his 90th birthday!  Let me add my Birthday Wishes with those of millions of others who tip our hat to a living musical legend.

For 0ver 60 years Jimmy Dickens has entertained a nation with music and humor in a graceful manner.  Times may change but the very essential ingredients of entertaining remain the same.  Be true to your craft, treat your audience with respect, and you will never be without another tour date.

Jimmy Dickens knows that to be true. 

In the 1960s Dickens became the first country performer to “circle the globe” on a world tour that included stops in Tokyo, Okinawa, Taipei, Bangkok, Saigon, Turkey, Denmark, Germany and Montreal.    Needless to say the tour dates have never ended.  Besides the Opry where he has been a member for 60 years,  he has made countless appearances all over America. 

When out on the road he is one of those performers who takes all the time he can for his audience after a show.  From a personal handshake, photo, or an autograph on a guitar, such as the one he provided to my stringed instrument, it all is a reminder that Dickens is of that generation who truly respects those who buy the tickets.  That connection is not the first thing most can say about the current stars of any musical genre.

Jimmy Dickens stands 4′ 11″ tall in physical form, but takes on legendary proportions when taking center stage in the famed circle each weekend at the Grand Ole Opry.  Dickens is the connection to the days of Roy Acuff, long before the show allowed electrical guitars and television into the building.  It was Acuff who brought Dickens to the Opry in 1948.

James Cecil Dickens was born on this day in Bolt, Virginia.  One bit of trivia that I love to drop when talking about this man is that he is related to Charles Dickens.   Not a bad addition to any family tree.  While Dickens’ novelty songs often get the attention I am far more interested in his ballads, and think he is one of the best at this type of country song.

  1. Larry Johnson permalink
    December 20, 2010 7:22 AM

    I’ve seen Little Jimmy on several package shows as well as at the Opry and had the occasion to meet him on a personal basis twice.
    His voice isn’t what it once was (no surprise at 90) but his rapport with the audience has not diminished at all. He is a real “trooper” and his star will continue to shine.

  2. December 19, 2010 9:05 PM

    Congratulations on your 90th birthday! I am a Singer/Songwriter and I met Jimmy Dickens once in Nashville and was thrilled because I used to watch the Grand Old Opry every Saturday evening with my grandma and family in Oklahoma. Hope to see you there one day.

    God bless and Merry Xmas!

  3. Jim Baird permalink
    December 19, 2010 3:56 PM

    I remember Little Jimmy Dickens performing at the Yokota AB, Japan NCO Club when I was stationed there, I think 1967; he was great and I believe a pioneer in country artist’s touring outside the U.S. There was plenty of country music on the jukebox or by local bands but not many U.S. based stars touring worldwide. He is a classic entertainer who, as stated, stayed true to his roots and appreciated audiences, even if not recognized by the media as much. Think Don Williams a little later.

    Congratulations, Jimmy

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