What Little Jimmy Dickens lacked in height, he always made up for with personality. The 4-foot-11 Country Music Hall of Fame member was the longest serving Grand Ole Opry member when he passed away in early 2015.
Little Jimmy was an Opry regular and crowd favorite. His winning stage presence is quite apparent in video footage from a 1950’s performance of his. Rocking his colorful western wear, an ear-to-ear grin and a guitar that almost looks too big for him, he belts out his classic “I’m Little But I’m Loud.”
“I’m little but I’m loud, I’m poor but I’m proud, I’m countrified and I don’t care who knows it,” Dickens sings in the chorus. On stage, he’s a natural, working the camera and clearly enjoying himself. It’s obvious he was truly destined to be a performer (and a legendary one, at that).
It is so cool to have video footage of musical icons of the past performing in their prime. Lucky for his fans, Little Jimmy remained a performer on the Opry stage until the very end of his life. The West Virginia born singer passed away in Nashville at the age of 94.