Country and Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens was admitted to a Nashville area hospital on Christmas day and is currently listed in critical condition. There is no word on the nature of his illness.
The word came from Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt on Sunday. Dickens has been a member of the Opry since 1948 and made his last appearance there on December 20. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame (1983).
Dickens, who is known for his diminutive size (4′ 11″) and his rhinestone suits began his career in the 1930’s and had his first hit with 1949’s Take an Old Cold ‘Tater (and Wait). He had a total of eight top ten country songs with the biggest being 1965’s May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, going to number 1 in country and number 15 on the pop charts.
In recent years, a close friendship has developed between Dickens and Brad Paisley that has included numerous recordings and appearances together. Jimmy is always good for a laugh including the 2011 CMA Awards where he appeared as Justin Bieber.
Dickens’ wife, family and the Opry are asking for prayers for the country icon. Fans wishing to send cards or letters may address them to:
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
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