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Little Jimmy Dickens

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 — longer than any other current cast member —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 “crowing like a rooster.” 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 “Hillbilly Fever” all around the world.

Dickens has made 13 trips to Europe, and he twice entertained the troops in Vietnam. In 1964, Dickens became the first country artist to complete...

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