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Little Jimmy Dickens Hospitalized in Critical Condition

The 94-year-old Opry member was admitted for an undisclosed illness on Christmas Day

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Little Jimmy Dickens, performing here at the Grand Ole Opry in October, has been hospitalized in Nashville.

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Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most colorful members, has been hospitalized in critical condition. 

The diminutive Dickens, who turned 94 on December 19th, was admitted to a Nashville area hospital on Christmas with an undisclosed illness, according to a release from the Opry’s publicist. Best known for such irreverent songs as “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” his sparkly rhinestone suits and a repertoire of Borscht Belt-worthy one-liners, Dickens has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1948 and stands as the institution’s oldest living member. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. 

To modern-day country fans, Dickens is most recognizable for his comedy bits with fellow Opry member Brad Paisley and has appeared in a number of CMA Awards skits with the singer-guitarist. At the 2010 CMAs, he emerged from backstage in full snorkeling gear as a nod to the recent Nashville floods. 

Dickens last performed on the Opry on December 20th, in honor of his birthday celebration.  


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