Brad, Carrie Honor Jimmy Dickens

| January 8, 2015

Little-Jimmy-Dickens-dressingBrad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, and Steve Wariner were among the Grand Ole Opry stars who performed in tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens on Thursday.  The Hall of Famer died last week at the age of 94.  He was one of the last living connections to the legendary Hank Williams.

Paisley, who had featured Dickens in videos and albums, said this at the Celebration of Life service: “Make no mistake, the building we’re all in was partially built by Jimmy Dickens.  He first stepped on the Opry stage in 1948, and made his last appearance on this stage December 20th of last year.  I can’t fathom what he saw in his lifetime.  I’m so glad I was one of the generations that got to experience him firsthand.” Then Brad sang “When I Get Where I’m Going.”little-jimmy-dickens-all

Vince Gill said this about Little Jimmy Dickens: “If only the good die young, well evidently only the greatest live to be 94, and sing a week before they pass away, and that’s pretty remarkable.”  Vince was joined by Carrie Underwood to sing Vince’s song, “Go Rest High On That Mountain.”

Several familiar trademarks of Little Jimmy were present during the ceremony: His white cowboy hat, his rhinestone suit, and guitar.

Paisley asked those in attendance to close the celebration with “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” saying that Dickens began the tradition of closing country music funerals with that tune.


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