Little Jimmy Dickens was a popular country singer who first became famous in the 1940s. Nicknamed for his diminutive stature, Dickens stood 4 feet 11 inches tall. Dickens became a popular fixture at the Grand Ole Opry, where he appeared regularly until suffering a stroke shortly after his 94th birthday. Dickens died in 2015.
Born into a family of farmers and coal miners in West Virginia, Dickens was the oldest of 13 children. Although he became known for his flamboyant, rhinestone-studded suits and novelty songs, Dickens was a country boy at heart and self-proclaimed hillbilly who enjoyed entertaining crowds with country music. In the 1960s, Dickens made several trips to Vietnam to entertain the American troops. In 1964 he released his biggest crossover hit, "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" and appeared on "The Tonight Show."
Country music fans credit Dickens with helping to keep the country genre afloat amid the growing popularity of rock and roll in the 1950s. Although Dickens released no more hit records after the 1960s, he continued to entertain fans with his friendly, fiery brand of performance for decades. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Dickens in 1983. Country performers such as Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill paid tribute to Dickens at his 2015 funeral at the Grand Ole Opry.