Its been almost two years since Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens passed away, but that doesn’t mean his spirit is gone. During a recent “Opry at the Ryman” performance, Brad Paisley and Bill Anderson unveiled Dickens’ Madame Tussauds wax figure.
Following the reveal of the figure, Paisley said he was “floored at the likeness” and made a few playful jokes. Bill Anderson followed Paisley’s comments with a few words of his own, remembering Dickens’ final Opry performance. Paisley paid tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens with a cover of “Out Behind the Barn,” written by Dickens back in the 1970s.
Little Jimmy Dickens was best known as for his small stature – 4’11” – but big time sense of humor. Dickens made his Opry debut in 1948, and was later inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Dickens hailed from Bolt, W.V., and was Dickens discovered by Roy Acuff in 1948.
Later in Dickens’ career, he continued to perform at the Opry, and appear in music videos for Brad Paisley. Paisley and Dickens being natives of West Virginia, the pairing made sense. Dickens appeared in Paisley’s videos for “Celebrity” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”
The wax figure for Little Jimmy Dickens will appear in the Madame Tussauds attraction opening in Nashville come Spring 2017.