Little Jimmy Dickens celebrates 60 years at Opry
Thursday, October 2, 2008
– Little Jimmy Dickens, the longest-standing member of the Grand Ole Opry, will be honored with a Signature Show celebrating the Country Music Hall of Fame member's 60th Opry Anniversary on Sat., Nov. 1 at the Opry. Among the artists scheduled to participate in the celebration are friends and fellow Opry members Trace Adkins, George Jones and Brad Paisley.
Introduced by Roy Acuff in 1948, Dickens, always decked in his rhinestone-studded suits, has entertained Opry audiences with a succession of hits such as A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed, Out Behind The Barn, Take an Old Cold Tater And Wait (the song that prompted Hank Williams to dub him "Tater"), May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, Country Boy and The Violet and the Rose.
The West Virginia invited Adkins to join the Opry from atop a kitchen ladder on the Opry stage in 2003; shared stages for 50 years with Jones and appeared in videos with Paisley.
"Jimmy Dickens is uniquely and forever tied to the Grand Ole Opry," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "He is one of the most beloved and respected people in the history of not only the Opry, but all of country music, and we are thrilled to celebrate this landmark anniversary with him."
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