The Marble Falls Opry will stage two shows on Saturday, January 29, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The matinee show begins at 2:30 PM and the evening performance will start at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 each and tickets are on sale at the Uptown Theater in Marble Falls, Livley Computers in Kingsland and KNEL Radio in Brady. Tickets can be charged by calling (325) 597-1895 or (830) 693-9996 or online at www.uptownmarble.com.
Little Jimmy Dickens began his musical career in the late 1930s, performing on a local radio station while attending West Virginia University. He soon quit school to pursue a full-time music career, and traveled the country performing on various local radio stations under the name "Jimmy the Kid."
In 1948, Dickens was heard performing on a radio station in Saginaw, Michigan, by Roy Acuff who introduced him to Art Satherly with Columbia Records and officials from the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens signed with Columbia in September and joined the Opry in August. Around this time he began using the nickname, Little Jimmy Dickens, inspired by his short stature.
Dickens recorded many novelty songs for Columbia, including "Country Boy," "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed" and "I’m Little But I’m Loud." His song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" inspired Hank Williams to nickname him "Tater". Later, telling Jimmy he needed a hit, Williams wrote "Hey Good Lookin’ specifically for Dickens in only 20 minutes while on a Grand Ole Opry tour bus. A week later Williams cut the song himself, jokingly telling him, "That song’s too good for you!"
In 1962 Dickens released "The Violet and the Rose," his first top ten single in 12 years. During 1964 he became the first country artist to circle the globe while on tour, and also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. In 1965 he released his biggest hit "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" reaching number one on the country chart and number fifteen on the pop chart. In the late 1960s he left Columbia for Decca Records before moving again to United Artists in 1971. That same year he married his wife, Mona, and in 1975 he returned to the Grand Ole Opry. In 1983 Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He joined the "In The Heat of The Night" television cast for the CD "Christmas Time’s A Comin’" by performing "Christmas Time’s A Comin’" with the cast on the CD released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers. Recently, Dickens has made appearances in a number of music videos by fellow country musician and West Virginia native Brad Paisley. He has also been featured on several of Paisley’s albums in bonus comedy tracks along with other Opry mainstays such as George Jones and Bill Anderson. They are collectively referred to as the Kung-Pao Buckaroos.
With the passing of Hank Locklin in March 2009, Dickens is now the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 90.
"We are so pleased that Jimmy Dickens chose to return to Texas," Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. "He works very few dates beyond his beloved Grand Ole Opry. This is truly a rare pleasure to have Little Jimmy Dickens back with us."
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Rance Norton, Shane Lively, Charley Walton, Sammy Geistweidt and Benny Fred Kothmann.