James Cecil Dickens (born December 19, 1920 from Bolt, West Virginia) is a country singer.
The current generation of country fans will recognize Dickens from his frequent guest spots in the videos of Brad Paisley, but Dickens first gained national exposure nearly half a century ago. Roy Acuff first introduced him to the old Ryman Auditorium stage in 1948, and Dickens has been performing Opry audiences pretty much ever since â€” longer than any other current cast member â€”w ith his flamboyant rhinestone-studded outfits, wild novelty hits, and country humor.
Dickens was the oldest of 13 children born to a West Virginia farmer. He started singing on radio station WJLS in nearby Beckley while attending West Virginia University, opening his program â€ścrowing like a rooster.â€ť Even though Dickens had to walk to and from the station, he set his sights on an entertainment career that would eventually find him spreading his brand of â€śHillbilly Feverâ€ť all around the world.