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Country Music Hall of Famer Little Jimmy Dickens In Marble Falls
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 • Posted January 19, 2011

The Marble Falls Opry will stage two shows on Saturday, January 29, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The matinee show begins at 2:30 PM and the evening performance will start at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 each and tickets are on sale at the Uptown Theater in Marble Falls, Livley Computers in Kingsland and KNEL Radio in Brady. Tickets can be charged by calling (325) 597-1895 or (830) 693-9996 or online at www.uptownmarble.com.

Little Jimmy Dickens began his musical career in the late 1930s, performing on a local radio station while attending West Virginia University. He soon quit school to pursue a full-time music career, and traveled the country performing on various local radio stations under the name "Jimmy the Kid."

In 1948, Dickens was heard performing on a radio station in Saginaw, Michigan, by Roy Acuff who introduced him to Art Satherly with Columbia Records and officials from the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens signed with Columbia in September and joined the Opry in August. Around this time he began using the nickname, Little Jimmy Dickens, inspired by his short stature.

Dickens recorded many novelty songs for Columbia, including "Country Boy," "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed" and "I’m Little But I’m Loud." His song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)" inspired Hank Williams to nickname him "Tater". Later, telling Jimmy he needed a hit, Williams wrote "Hey Good Lookin’ specifically for Dickens in only 20 minutes while on a Grand Ole Opry tour bus. A week later Williams cut the song himself, jokingly telling him, "That song’s too good for you!"

In 1962 Dickens released "The Violet and the Rose," his first top ten single in 12 years. During 1964 he became the first country artist to circle the globe while on tour, and also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. In 1965 he released his biggest hit "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" reaching number one on the country chart and number fifteen on the pop chart. In the late 1960s he left Columbia for Decca Records before moving again to United Artists in 1971. That same year he married his wife, Mona, and in 1975 he returned to the Grand Ole Opry. In 1983 Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He joined the In The Heat of The Night" television cast for the CD "Christmas Time’s A Comin’" by performing "Christmas Time’s A Comin’" with the cast on the CD released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.

Recently, Dickens has made appearances in a number of music videos by fellow country musician and West Virginia native Brad Paisley. He has also been featured on several of Paisley’s albums in bonus comedy tracks along with other Opry mainstays such as George Jones and Bill Anderson. They are collectively referred to as the Kung-Pao Buckaroos.

With the passing of Hank Locklin in March 2009, Dickens is now the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 90.

In 1959, Curtis Potter joined the Hank Thompson show. Hank was impressed with the young vocalist and invited him to front the Brazos Valley Band and play bass guitar for him. In the 13 years that Potter was with Hank, he traveled all over the United States, Europe, the Far East and even a much sought after Carnegie Hall appearance.

Potter’s first major hit was "You Comb Her Hair Every Morning." That song would gather enough attention to become the catalyst of a forty year recording career.

In 1973, a shuffle beat record titled "Walkin’ Talkin’ Breathin’ Case of Sorrow" was released by Potter to great reviews. It was followed by a Texas Dance Hall album with Darrell McCall and Ray Sanders. In 1978, Dave Franer signed Curtis to Hillside Records releasing two very successful projects.

In 1984, Potter helped to form Step One Records in Nashville. The label would become the largest independent in the world releasing projects on Gene Watson, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Hank Thompson and Clinton Gregory.

Potter has been recording for Heart of Texas Records for the last five years, with his latest album "The Potter’s Touch" receiving rave reviews. Potter recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for the first time.

Frankie Miller made his first records in 1951, but his service in Korea halted future releases. Two years later, Miller returned with a Bronze star and a strong desire to continue his musical career. He signed with Columbia Records in 1954, and joined the "Cowtown Hoedown" in Ft. Worth. Don Pierce, owner of Starday Records, persuaded Miller to move to his label in 1959.

Miller wrote and recorded "Black Land Farmer" and it became a huge hit. It landed in the Top Five and earned Miller a Grammy Award. Miller was honored with Cashbox’s Most Promising Country Artist for 1960. He joined the Louisiana Hayride and made frequent appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. Several other hits followed including "Family Man" which reached number 7 in October 1959, "Baby Rocked Her Dolly," "A Little South of Memphis," "Too Hot To Handle," "Poppin Johnny" and "Loosing By A Hair."

Miller signed with United Artist in 1965, but soon retired to work for the Chrysler Company. Bear Family Records in Germany released three albums on Miller in the 1980’s. He most recently traveled to England where sold out crowds attested to his huge popularity overseas. He has also been honored with the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame Award and the Heart of Texas Country Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Miller records for Heart of Texas Records now and has two releases on the label including "The Family Man" and "Live At The Louisiana Hayride." He is currently gathering material for his next album to be recorded this year.

Tony Booth will be making a special guest spot on the Marble Falls Opry. Booth has enjoyed great success with songs such as "Cinderella" "The Keys In The Mailbox" "Lonesome 7-7203" and "Colors I’m Gonna Paint The Town." His latest album is titled "The Other Side of Love."

"We are so pleased the Jimmy Dickens chose to return to Texas," Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. "He works very few dates beyond his beloved Grand Ole Opry. This is truly a rare pleasure to have Little Jimmy Dickens back with us."

Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Rance Norton, Shane Lively, Charley Walton, Sammy Geistweidt and Benny Fred Kothmann.

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