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Brad Paisley Makes Surprise Grand Ole Opry Appearance to Honor Little Jimmy Dickens

Brad Paisley honors Little Jimmy Dickens at Grand Ole Opry Saturday night

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance on the Opry Saturday night, January 2, in honor of one of his best friends, Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens. Dickens passed away on January 2, 2015 at the age of 94.

Paisley shared stories about the Opry legend, including a memory from the first time the two friends went fishing together. Paisley ended the night with a medley of Dickens’ favorites including ‘Country Boy’, ‘Out Behind The Barn’, ‘May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose’, and ‘Mountain Dew’, among others.

Dickens was the longest-running member of the Opry, joining in 1948. He last performed on the Opry on Dec. 20, 2014, singing “Out Behind The Barn” and delivering his trademark comedy.

Dickens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

Country Music Pay Tribute To Little Jimmy Dickens


Vince Gill says when you’re young and someone is kind to you, you never forget it, and that’s what it was like the first time any Grand Ole Opry newcomer met Little Jimmy Dickens. Vince was one of several hundred people who celebrated Dickens’ life at the Opry yesterday.

Carrie Underwood says her mother warned her about Dickens because he liked pretty girls, but she says he always kissed her hand and had a little piece of her heart.

Among the other country luminaries who came to mourn their friend were Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Marty Stuart, Opry legends Jean Howard and Jeannie Seely and Nashville cast members Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Chaley Rose.

Brad Paisley led a group in singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” a tradition he says Dickens started. Paisley choked back tears and said, “At 94, your journey has ended, but we’ll take it from here, little buddy.”

Grand Ole Opry’s Oldest Member Is Now Ralph Stanley


The reports of the death of Little Jimmy Dickens noted that he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.   So who is  now the oldest member you ask….. The Opry says it’s Ralph Stanley, who will be 88 next month. The longest running member is Jean Shepard, who joined in 1955.   Country music has been mourning since Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Ralph Stanley will release Ralph Stanley & Friends:  Man of Constant Sorrow on Jan 19, exclusively at all Cracker Barrell Old Country Store locations and online at   The album features guest artists Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and more!

Little Jimmy Dickens’ Funeral Arrangements Announced

Little Jimmy Dickens

Funeral arrangements for Little Jimmy Dickens have been announced. A public visitation is set for Wednesday, January 7th from 4pm-8pm at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home on Thompson Lane in Nashville. A public Celebration of Life will be held at 11am Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House. Both events are open to the public.

Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day after suffering a stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!

To see what his fellow country artists are saying about his passing here.

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