Little Jimmy Dickens Tribute

Jan 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Performances Hamilton Auditorium | Peformance Season

The WV Music Hall of Fame will host an evening celebrating the music and the life of Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the Mountain State’s best-loved and most popular musical ambassadors.

Larry Groce
Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys
The Carpenter Ants
Julie Adams
John Lilly
Billy Payne
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. ***Will be replacing Russ Hicks in the lineup.

In the words of fellow Country Music Hall of Famer and WV Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, “Jimmy Dickens was the essence of country music and the heart of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Known the world over, iconic country star Little Jimmy Dickens passed away January 2, 2015. Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, Dickens, who was 4'11" tall, was a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949, and his name became synonymous with that musical institution. His last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. For many years, he performed as many 300 nights a year, and, in 1964, became the first country music star to circle the world on a tour. Dubbed “the king of the novelty song,” Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s. His hits included "Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait," "A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed," "Out Behind the Barn" and the Top 10, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." Thanks to the support of fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley, Dickens’ music reached a new generation of listeners. Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.