So sad! Beloved Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens has died at age 94 after suffering a stroke.
The country community lost another star on Jan. 2 when Little Jimmy Dickens died of cardiac arrest in Nashville, Tenn., after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Before his passing, the celebrated singer-songwriter was known for being the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Little Jimmy Dickens Dead — Country Legend Dies At 94
Little Jimmy may have been only 4-foot-11, but he was definitely a country giant, known for his sweet nature, sense of humor and of course his rhinestone-studded ensembles. He penned numurous novelty songs, including “Country Boy,” “A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed” and “I’m Little But I’m Loud.”
His biggest hit, “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” came in 1965, peaking at No. 1 on the country chart and No. 15 on the pop chart.
Jimmy joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and had been performing there ever since. One of his best known songs was “Out Behind the Barn,” which he performed at the Opry on Dec. 20, 2014 during his birthday celebration, according to ABC.
“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager, said in a statement to Us Weekly. “He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come.”
Country Community Mourns Little Jimmy Dickens
Country stars like Charlie Daniels and Dan + Shay took to Twitter to remember Little Jimmy on Jan. 2. Here’s what they had to say:
Just got the word about Little Jimmy Dickens passing. I am deeply saddened. We have lost a precious treasure pic.twitter.com/Wm7PqGxwmV
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 3, 2015
We had the honor of meeting Little Jimmy Dickens last year when we made our @opry debut. Country music lost one of its greats today. RIP!
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) January 3, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Little Jimmy’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee