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    Little Jimmy Dickens

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Raisin' the Dickens [Instrumental] lyrics
    2My Heart's Bouquet lyrics
    3Where Did the Sunshine Go? lyrics
    4I Got A Hole In My Pocket lyrics
    5I Love Lucy Brown lyrics
    6Making the Rounds lyrics
    7Out of Business lyrics
    8Handle With Care lyrics
    9Daddy and the Wine lyrics
    10You Wouldn't Cross the Street lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Alone With God [Harmony] [1964]
    2Out Behind the Barn [Columbia] [1962]
    3Ain't It Fun [1967]
    4Handle with Care [1965]
    5Little Jimmy Dickens Greatest Hits [1966]
    6Raisin' the Dickens [1957]
    7May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose [1965]
    8Little Jimmy Dickens' Best [1964]
    9Big Songs by Little Jimmy Dickens [1960]
    Old Country Church [1954]


    Little Jimmy Dickens is the master of the country novelty song, as
    well as a renowned ballad singer. He also known for his diminutive
    stature — he's less than five feet tall — and his affection for
    flamboyant, rhinestone-studded outfits and country humor.
    Although he never had a consistent presence on the charts, he
    managed to have hits in every decade between the 1940s and the
    1970s, and he became one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular

    Dickens was the 13th child of a West Virginian farmer. During
    his childhood, he fell in love with music and had a dream of
    performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He began performing
    professionally while he was a student at the University of West
    Virginia in the late '30s, singing on a local radio station. Dickens
    left school shortly after he received his regular radio job. He
    began traveling around the country, singing on radio shows in
    Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan under the name Jimmy the Kid.
    Roy Acuff heard Dickens sing on a radio show in Saginaw, MI,
    and invited him to sing on the Grand Ole Opry.

    In 1949, Dickens — who was now using the name Little
    Jimmy Dickens — became a permanent member of the Grand
    Ole Opry. That year, he also signed a record contract with
    Columbia Records, releasing his first single, "Take an Old
    Cold Tater and Wait," in the spring of 1949. The song became
    a Top Ten hit and launched a string of hit novelty, ballad, and
    honky tonk singles that lasted for a year, including "Country
    Boy," "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed," "Hillbilly Fever," and
    "My Heart's Bouquet." Early in the '50s, he formed a band called
    the Country Boys, which featured a steel guitar, two lead
    guitars, and drums. With their spirited traditional country
    approach and vague rockabilly inflections, the band didn't sound
    like their Nashville contemporaries. Perhaps that's why Dickens
    only had one hit between 1950 and 1962: 1954's "Out Behind
    the Barn."

    Dickens bounced back to the Top Ten with the ballad "The Violet
    and the Rose" in 1962. Three years later, he had his biggest hit,
    "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." The single topped
    the country charts and crossed over to number 15 on the pop
    charts. Although his next single, "When the Ship Hit the Sand,"
    was moderately successful, Dickens wasn't able to replicate the
    success of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." In 1968,
    he stopped recording for Columbia, signing with Decca Records,
    where he had three minor hits in the late '60s and early '70s. In
    1971, he moved to United Artists, which resulted in two more
    small hits, but by that time he had begun to concentrate on
    performing as his main creative outlet. Dickens continued to
    tour and perform at the Grand Ole Opry into the '90s,
    becoming one of the most beloved characters in country music.

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