Who needs moving images? Listening to Little Jimmy Dicken’s honky-tonk singing of novelties would suffice. If there was a song to explain why Jimmy Dickens is a country legend, this would be it.
I’m little, but I’m loud
I’m poor, but I’m proud
I’m countrified and I don’t care who knows it
I’m like a banty rooster
In a big, red rooster crowd
I’m puny, short and little, but I’m loud.
The amiable and cheerful mood would make anyone want to hippity tippity toe including those who did not grow watching the indispensable Little Jimmy Dickens!
Okay, fine. For the sake of those who have not heard of Mr. Dickens, here is a brief overview.
Standing at 4’11, Jimmy Cecil Dickens is a giant in the Country music’s history dating back in the 1940’s. Among his memorable hits were Country Boy (1949), A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed (1950), Out Behind the Barn (1954) and could forget his Single May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose in 1965? He was also a mainstay performer at the Grand Ole Opry until his repose in January 2015 due to cardiac arrest.
Quite the entertainer, he was remembered to always be full of energy despite his passing age. In contrast with his colorful, flamboyant outfits, he had this aura of class and professionalism. He could make his audience laugh their hearts out loud on one hand, and then suddenly he would make them cry on the other. It stands to reason then that many of Opry’s old-timers missed him today.
Opry’s vice president and general manager Pete Fisher recalls him as:
“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens. He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come.”