Tennessee honors Little Jimmy Dickens
Thursday, October 30, 2008
– Little Jimmy Dickens will be honored by the state Saturday for being at the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has conferred upon Dickens an "Official Day of Recognition" for Saturday, and that evening, the entertainer will mark his 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry during Opry Signature Shows featuring Trace Adkins, George Jones, Brad Paisley and other friends.
Throughout "Dickens Day" Saturday, fans are invited to sign life-sized cards congratulating the 4'11" singer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Music City Visitor and Information Center inside the Sommet Center and at the Grand Ole Opry House. Messages be left for Dickens online at opry.com.
Introduced to Opry audiences by Roy Acuff in 1948, Dickens - always decked in his rhinestone-studded suits - has entertained 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 and his trademark comedic timing.
"Jimmy Dickens is one of the most beloved and respected artists in the history of the Opry and country music," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "We invite his hometown, home state, and fans from around the world to celebrate this landmark achievement with him."
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