Why Was Little Jimmy Dickens Popular?


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James "Little Jimmy" Dickens was most well known for his country music career, which included numerous hits and novelty songs, as well as his participation in the "Grand Ole Opry" stage and radio production. His nickname was derived from the fact that he stood under 5 feet tall.

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Little Jimmy Dickens was born in Bolt, West Virginia on Dec. 19, 1920. While attending West Virginia University during the late 1930s, Dickens began performing country music on local radio stations and throughout various clubs and performance halls in the area using the stage name "Jimmy the Kid." In time, Dickens decided to drop out of college to pursue a full-time music career. He received his big break in 1948, when country music singer and musician Roy Acuff heard one of his songs on the radio. Acuff introduced Dickens to other members of the country music community, including several record producers who were able to sign Dickens to Columbia records.

During his time at Columbia, Dickens recorded several novelty country songs, such as "I'm Little But I'm Loud," "Country Boy" and "A-Sleeping in the Foot of the Bed." The success of these songs earned Dickens a role on "The Grand Ole Opry" program.

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