Yesterday fans of Country music lost one of the greatest legends of all time. Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens had been a permanent fixture of the the music industry since 1925. His hit, “I’m Little But I’m Loud” was a testimony to the fact that his 4’11″ frame held a real giant. He even referred to himself as “Mighty Mouse in pajama’s.”
It was my great pleasure to see and hear this gentleman live in his heyday, and what a talent he was! He joined the Opry in 1948 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. I can still hear him singing, “Take an old Clod ‘Tater (and wait).” .And how about “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose”? One day after his last (94th) birthday he preformed at the Opry! We will miss you, Little Jimmy!
By now you know that Jack Greene, known humorously as “The Jolly Greene Giant” because of his height and deep voice, died this Thursday, March 14, at his home in Nashville from complications of Altzheimers. Jack was born January 30, 1930 in Maryville,Tennessee, and began his dream very early in life. He became best known ion the late 1960s for such chart-topping hits as Statue of a Fool and There Goes My Everything.
Jack was already a regular at the Grand Ole Opry before I met him. He was the CMAs very first Male Vocalist of the Year, but he was just an average guy, not too good to meet and greet his fans. Strange that I was posting a blog entry about famous people being just people on the day that his death was announced. Jack, you’ll be missed by those of us who are old enough to have known you when you were a ‘giant’ in the business.