We at Nashville Music Group alongside a multitude of bereft fans mourn the passing of Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens this week. Survived by his wife and two daughters Jimmy leaves an irrevocable legacy of country music entertainment spanning over six decades.
Known for his unequivocal humor, kindness and diminutive stature, Little Jimmy Dickens joined the Opry in 1948 after being discovered by Roy Acuff. He worked with almost every country star ever to grace the iconic stage and it was Hank Williams himself who gave the nickname, Tater, to Jimmy based on the song “Take An Old Cold Tater(And Wait)”.
Little Jimmy took great joy out of performing for country music fans and they reciprocated each week. In recent years he reached an even wider audience by making several appearances on awards shows, in music videos and beside fellow Opry stars George Jones, Bill Anderson and Brad Paisley, as a member of the Kung-Pao Buckaroos. A facetious band of traveling cowboys who acted out skits on Paisley’s records.
Little Jimmy was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1983. He encompassed all of the talent and values we as fans have come to expect from the Grand Ole Opry evident by this recent quote, “I look forward from one weekend to another to get back out on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and try to entertain people who have come from miles and miles and state to state to be entertained with country music”.
Tater you will be missed!!
Written By: Tony Manfetano