October 31

How Little Jimmy Dickens Turned Lives That Way

Grand Ole Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens first recorded “Life Turned Her That Way” in 1965. At that time, “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “A Sleepin’ At The Foot Of The Bed,” and his only number 1 smash in country charts “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” are among his best-known novelty records. “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” went in the number 15 Billboard Hot 100. Mel Tillis saw Life Turned Her That Way’s potential and re-recorded it in 1967. Tillis released it as a single in February. This soared up to the number 7 spot in country charts. Ricky Van Shelton’s version was the most successful reaching the top Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in early 1988. The track was the fourth single released from his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream released in late 1987. Several artists—Charlie Pride, George Jones, James car, Sonny Strickland, Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty—covered the Harlan Howard song due to its popularity.


Little Dickens in Country Family Reunion

His fellow country music legends showed respect to him when he performed in the show Country Family Reunion. We can even hear host bill Anderson saying, There’s nobody else who can sing better country ballad than little Jimmy Dickens, I guarantee you that!

Grand Ole Opry Legend

James Cecil Dickens was born on December 19, 1920. On January 2, 2015, he died at the age of 94 because of stroke. Better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, he was an American country music singer and songwriter. Because of his humorous novelty songs, his small size, and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances), he was a star. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Before his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.


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