Little Jimmy Dickens was a well-loved and short-statured member of the Country Music Hall of Fame known for his genial demeanor, flashy suits and humorous songs. He died in 2015 at the age of 94.
The singer stood 4 feet 11 inches tall and performed for decades at the Grand Ole Opry, where he had his debut in 1948. In the 1950s, he toured with Country Boys band that included a pair of electric guitars along with a steel guitar. His humorous tunes included "I'm Little But I'm Loud" and "Take an Old, Cold 'Tater (And Wait)." After hearing the latter song, Hank Williams began referring to Dickens as "Tater," a nickname that stayed with Dickens throughout his life.
He was born in West Virginia in 1920. He grew up listening to his mother and three uncles playing guitar. Despite his height, Dickens played on the high school basketball team. West Virginia University offered him a drama scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue his musical ambitions. T. Tyler Texas, who had a radio show in Indianapolis, came up with the nickname "Little Jimmy."
Dickens made history in 1964 when he became the first country singer to circle the world during a concert tour.