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Happy Birthday Little Jimmy Dickens!
Jeffrey Remz | December 22, 2010
A Grand Ole Opry institution, Little Jimmy Dickens, turned 90 a few days ago.
This past Saturday night, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated the birthday of the 62-year Opry veteran. Opry member.
Brad Paisley (r) leads Happy Birthday for Little Jimmy Dickens (c)
Dickens' sidekick Brad Paisley led the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" as Opry members Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson and Jim Ed Brown rolled out Dickens' birthday cake. Earlier in the evening, Paisley had tweeted a photo of the cake with the message: "Celebrating the 90th B Day of Little Jimmy tonight. Here's the cake, and he's in there waiting to jump out actually."
Greetings showed up on line from a bunch of country folks
Kix Brooks: "90? He's been telling all the ladies he's 76! Happy Birthday, Little Jimmy! Hope it's the best yet!"
Sara Evans: "Little Jimmy, today you are about 32,986 & ½ days old. 90 doesn't sound too bad after hearing that, does it? Happy Birthday, we love you!"
Marty Stuart: "Wishing Little Jimmy Dickens a very happy 90th birthday on Sunday - my sincere thanks for bringing country music to new heights."
Fellow Opry member Trace Adkins visited Jimmy over his birthday weekend, and a video of their conversation is available now on www.opry.com. ; During the visit, Dickens shares stories of Christmases and birthdays past growing up in West Virginia.
It's great to see Dickens remaining active, and at least in part through Paisley, people know who he is today. Many happy more to Little Jimmy Dickens.