Little Jimmy Dickens

Little Jimmy Dickens was born James Cecil Dickens in Bolt, West Virginia. His small stature, natural comedy, and affinity for bedazzled suits destined him to be bigger than a normal life - even if he did stand just 4’11”. While studying at West Virginia University, he began performing at a local radio station. Realizing his preference for performance rather than academia, Dickens dropped out of school to chase after his music career. Dickens caught his break when Roy Acuff heard him singing on a radio show and brought him to Columbia Records in 1948. From that point on, Dickens assumed the nickname of Little Jimmy Dickens and gained immediate popularity. Through the 1950s, Dickens formed The Country Boys, discovered Marty Robbins, and toured with the Phillip Morris Country Music Show. His biggest hit of his career came in 1965 in the form of “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” which soared to the number one spot on the country charts and the number 15 spot on pop charts. Dickens was still active in the country music industry, with a list of accomplishments longer than he is tall, right up until his death at the age of 94.

Awards

  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame 1983

Fun Facts

  • First country singer to travel the world on tour (1964)
  • Member of Brad Paisley’s comedy singing group, The Kung Pao Buckaroos
  • Known by Hank Williams as “Tater.”

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