A longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry, Little Jimmy Dickens (1920-2015) specialized in uptempo novelty material, and made a lot of hay with his diminutive stature (he was 4'11") which was frequently the butt of many good-natured jokes and on-stage schtick that nowadays might be seen as distasteful. Another big part of his public image was his love of flashy, rhinestone-studded Nudie suits, and his manic personality... Dickens recorded prolifically, although he wasn't actually a big success on the charts. His biggest hit was the chart-topping novelty tune, "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose," which hit #1 in 1965, nearly two decades after he'd first become a recording artist.




Discography - Best-Ofs

Little Jimmy Dickens "Country Boy" (Bear Family, 1997)
A 4-CD set that includes a hefty chunk of gospel material...


Little Jimmy Dickens "Out Behind The Barn" (Bear Family, 1998)
A 4-CD set...


Little Jimmy Dickens "I'm Little But I'm Loud" (Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight series) (Bear Family, 2005)


Little Jimmy Dickens "The Best Of The Best Of..." (Hollywood, 1990)


Little Jimmy Dickens "I'm Little, But I'm Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection" (Razor & Tie, 1996)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Country Music Hall Of Fame - 1982" (King, 1999)


Little Jimmy Dickens "16 Biggest Hits" (Sony Legacy, 2006)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Hot Diggity Dog" (BACM, 2005)




Discography - Albums

Little Jimmy Dickens "Old Country Church" (Columbia, 1954) (10" LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Raisin' The Dickens" (Columbia, 1957) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Big Songs" (Columbia, 1960) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Out Behind The Barn" (Columbia, 1962) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Little Jimmy Dickens' Best" (Columbia Harmony, 1964) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Alone With God" (Columbia-Harmony, 1964) (LP)
A gospel album, reissuing all of the 1954 Country Church album with a few added tracks...


Little Jimmy Dickens "Handle With Care" (Columbia, 1965) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" (Columbia, 1965) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Greatest Hits" (Columbia, 1966) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Ain't It Fun" (Columbia-Harmony, 1967) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Big Man In Country Music" (Columbia, 1968) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "...Sings" (Decca, 1968) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Comes Callin' " (Decca, 1969) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Greatest Hits" (Decca, 1969) (LP)


Little Jimmy Dickens "Hymns Of The Hour" (Queen City Albums, 1976) (LP)
(Produced by Reggie Wallace)

An all-gospel album, sung with backup by the Blue Ridge Quartet and their band, the Mark IV, with pedal steel player Marvin Leonard playing one of his Marlen models. Most of the songs oare oldies or standards, though there is also a new tune written by Red Lane, "Raggedy Ann," a super-corny recitation song which was released (twice!) as a single. Dickens definitely sounds diminished by age, and the Blue Ridge boys seem to mostly be going through the motions. This one's okay, I guess, but it didn't really grab me.


Little Jimmy Dickens "Country Music Hall Of Fame" (Tater Patch) (LP)




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