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American country music singer Little Jimmy Dickens died at 94

Jan 3, 2015 09:09 IST

Little Jimmy Dickens, an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs died on 2 January 2015 at Nashville. He was 94.

James Cecil Dickens born on 19 December 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia was best known for his self-deprecating sense of humor, small size (4'11") and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and few grandchildren.

About Little Jimmy Dickens

• His original name was James Cecil Dickens
• He began his musical career in the late 1930s by performing on WJLS radio station in Beckley, West Virginia
• Later, he performed in various radio stations across the country under the name Jimmy the Kid
• He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 after he was introduced by Roy Acuff to Art Satherly at Columbia Records and officials
• He became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983
• Some of the novelty songs recorded by Dickens include Country Boy, A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed, I'm Little But I'm Loud and others
• His song Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait) inspired Hank Williams to nickname him Tater
• In 1950, Dickens formed the Country Boys with musicians Jabbo Arrington, Grady Martin, Bob Moore and Thumbs Carllile


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