• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

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  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

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Contact Sarah Brosmer
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office: 615-368-7433
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Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.

Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2013, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Little Jimmy Dickens, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 4 April 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Little Jimmy Dickens who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Sean Brady would also like to say 'thank you' to Carrie Moore-Reed at Third Coast Talent in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, without whom this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote' from Little Jimmy Dickens would not have been possible; Carrie actually traveled to Little Jimmy Dickens' home on the evening of Tuesday 2 April 2013 and this 'Peer's Quote' was the result of her visit!



Little Jimmy Dickens
This quote was submitted on Thursday 4 April 2013.

'Gene Watson has been one of my favourites from the start of his illustrious career.

Nobody sings a song better than Gene Watson'.

Thank you, Little Jimmy Dickens, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Little Jimmy Dickens...

Little Jimmy Dickens was born James Cecil Dickens in Bolt, West Virginia on Sunday 19 December 1920 and is famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size (4'11"/150 cm) and his rhinestone-studded outfits. Little Jimmy Dickens has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for sixty-four years and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame (where he was inducted in 1983).

Born in Bolt, West Virginia, 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 travelled the country performing on various local radio stations under the name 'Jimmy the Kid'.

In 1948, Jimmy was heard performing on a radio station in Saginaw, Michigan by Roy Acuff (Tuesday 15 September 1903 - Monday 23 November 1992), who introduced him to Art Satherly at Columbia Records and officials from the Grand Ole Opry. Little Jimmy Dickens signed with Columbia Records in September 1948 and joined the Opry in August of that year. Around this time, he began using the nickname, 'Little Jimmy Dickens', inspired by his short stature.

Little Jimmy Dickens' first album for Columbia Records, 'Raisin' The Dickens' (Columbia Records, 1957), was released in November 1957 and included his early hit singles 'Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)' (No.7, 1949), 'Country Boy (No.7, 1949), 'A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed' (No.6, 1949) and 'Out Behind The Barn (No.9, 1954).

Little Jimmy Dickens' song 'Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)' (No.7, 1949) inspired Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) to nickname him 'Tater'.

Later, telling Little Jimmy Dickens that he needed a hit, Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) penned 'Hey Good Looking' specifically for Jimmy in only twenty minutes while on a Grand Ole Opry tour bus. A week later, Hank Williams cut the song himself, jokingly telling Jimmy, 'That song's too good for you!'

Hank Williams' recording of 'Hey Good Looking' was subsequently included on 'Memorial Album' (MGM Records, 1956), which was released in January 1956.

In 1950, Little Jimmy Dickens formed The Country Boys with musicians Jabbo Arrington, Grady Martin, Bob Moore and Thumbs Carllile. It was during this time that Little Jimmy Dickens discovered future Hall of Famer Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 - Wednesday 8 December 1982) at a Phoenix, Arizona television station while on tour with the Grand Ole Opry road show.

Lefty Frizzell: 'Columbia Historic Edition' (Columbia Records, 1981)

In 1951, Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Cold Feet' (co-written with Thelma Blackmon); the track was subsequently included on 'Columbia Historic Edition' (Columbia Records, 1981).

In 1957, Little Jimmy Dickens left the Grand Ole Opry to tour with the Philip Morris Country Music Show.

Little Jimmy Dickens was the first artist to record Lawton Williams' 'Farewell Party'; the track was the 'B' side of Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Talking To The Wall' single on Columbia Records in May 1961 (catalogue number: 4-42013), which featured Walter Haynes on steel guitar.


Gene Watson recorded Lawton Williams' 'Farewell Party' and included the track on 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978); when released as a single (Capitol 4680), Gene's Watson's version of 'Farewell Party' reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979 and featured Lloyd Green on steel guitar.

The Wilburn Brothers (Doyle Wilburn & Teddy Wilburn): 'Sing' (Decca Records, 1961)

The Wilburn Brothers - Doyle Wilburn (Monday 7 July 1930 - Saturday 16 October 1982) and Teddy Wilburn (Monday 30 November 1931 - Monday 24 November 2003) - recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'It's Gonna Take a Little Time' (co-written with Larry Kirby) and included the track on 'Sing' (Decca Records, 1961).

The Wilburn Brothers (Doyle Wilburn & Teddy Wilburn): 'City Limits' (Decca Records, 1962)

The Wilburn Brothers - Doyle Wilburn (Monday 7 July 1930 - Saturday 16 October 1982) and Teddy Wilburn (Monday 30 November 1931 - Monday 24 November 2003) - recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'I'm Beginning To Know About Me' (co-written with Larry Kirby) and included the track on 'City Limits' (Decca Records, 1962).


In September 1962, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Out Behind The Barn' (Columbia Records, 1962), which included Mel Tillis' 'The Violet And The Rose' (co-written with Bud Auge and John Reinfield); this track reached No.10 on the country music chart in 1962.

Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Out Behind The Barn' (Columbia Records, 1962) also included Mel Tillis' 'Twenty Cigarettes' (co-written with Buck Peddy).

During 1964, Little Jimmy Dickens became the first country music artist to circle the globe while on tour, and also made numerous television appearances, including 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson.

In April 1964, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Little Jimmy Dickens' Best' (Harmony Records, 1964), which included 'Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)' (No.7, 1949), 'My Heart's Bouquet' (No.10, 1949), 'A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed' (No.6, 1949) and 'Hillbilly Fever' (No.3, 1949).

In September 1964, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Alone With God' (Harmony Records, 1964), a collection of religious material.

In February 1965, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Handle With Care' (Columbia Records, 1965), which included 'Another Bridge To Burn (No.28, 1965) and 'He Stands Real Tall (No.21, 1965).

Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Handle With Care' (Columbia Records, 1965) also included 'Life Turned Her That Way', which was written by Mel Tillis.

Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Handle With Care' (Columbia Records, 1965) also included Mel Tillis' 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House', which was co-written with Kent Westberry.

In November 1965, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' (Columbia Records, 1965), which included his biggest hit song; 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' reached No.1 on the country music chart and No.15 on the pop chart in 1965.

Little Jimmy Dickens' 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' (Columbia Records, 1965) also included 'My Eyes Are Jealous', which was written by Jimmy Day (Tuesday 9 January 1934 - Friday 22 January 1999).

Gene Watson recorded 'My Eyes Are Jealous', which was written by Jimmy Day (Tuesday 9 January 1934 - Friday 22 January 1999) and included the track on 'Gene Watson' (Wide World Records, 1969 / Stoneway Records, 1973).

In September 1966, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1966), which included 'When The Ship Hit The Sand' (No.27, 1966).

Connie Smith recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'I'm Little, But I'm Loud', which was co-written with Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987), and included the track on 'Connie In The Country' (RCA Camden Records, 1967).

In April 1968, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Big Man In Country Music' (Columbia Records, 1968), which included 'Country Music Lover' (written by Bobby Braddock) (No.23, 1968) and 'Who Licked The Red Off Your Candy' (No.41, 1968).

 

In the late 1960s, Little Jimmy Dickens left Columbia Records for Decca Records, where he saw the release of two albums, 'Jimmy Dickens Sings' (Decca Records, 1968) and 'Comes Calling' (Decca Records, 1969), along with 'Greatest Hits' (Decca Records, 1969).

Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Comes Calling' (Decca Records, 1969) included 'How To Catch An African Skeeter Alive' (No.69, 1969), along with Mel Tillis' 'Can You Build Your House (On Another Man's Grave)'.

In June 1969, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (Decca Records, 1969), which included 'When You're Seventeen' (No.55, 1969).

Little Jimmy Dickens also enjoyed the release of a number of non-album singles, all of which charted, including '(You've Been Quite A Doll) Raggedy Ann' (No.75, 1970), 'Everyday Family Man' (No.70, 1970) and 'Try It, You'll Like It' (No.61, 1972).

Little Jimmy Dickens moved to United Artists Records in 1971. It was in 1971 that he married his wife, Mona, and in 1975, he returned to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where he continues to be an enduring favorite; he often jokes about his size, referring to himself as 'Mighty Mouse in his pyjamas'.

In 1982, Little Jimmy Dickens saw the release of 'Country Music Hall of Fame' (King Records, 1982), which included Jeannie Seely's 'She Always Got What She Wanted'.

Merle Haggard recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Shopping For Dresses' (co-written with Merle Haggard) and included the track on 'Going Where The Lonely Go' (Epic Records, 1982).

In 1983, Little Jimmy Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Randy Travis recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Shopping For Dresses' (co-written with Merle Haggard) and included the track on 'Heroes & Friends' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990); the track featured guest vocals from Loretta Lynn.

In 1991, Little Jimmy Dickens joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the 'In The Heat Of The Night' cast CD 'Christmas Time’s A-Comin' (Sonlite and MGM/UA Records, 1991) and performed 'Jingle Bells' with the cast on the CD, which was released on Sonlite and MGM/UA Records; it was one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992.

Martina McBride recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'I'm Little, But I'm Loud', which was co-written with Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987), and included the track on 'Evolution' (RCA Nashville Records, 1997).

Merle Haggard recorded Little Jimmy Dickens' 'Look What Thoughts Will Do', which was co-written with Jim Beck, Dub Dickerson, Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) and Richard Duncan James, and included the track on 'Roots, Volume 1' (ANTI-Epitaph Records, 2001).

On Tuesday 22 July 2003, Brad Paisley's 'Mud On The Tires' (Arista Records, 2003) was released; the album included 'Kung Pao', a hidden track featuring The Kung Pao Buckaroos, a group that consisted of Bill Anderson, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Little Jimmy Dickens; Brad Paisley is a fellow country music artist and musician and is a native of West Virginia.

On Tuesday 16 August 2005, Brad Paisley's 'Time Well Wasted' (Arista Records, 2005) was released; the album included 'Cornography', a comedy sketch featuring James Burton and The Kung Pao Buckaroos, a group that consisted of Bill Anderson, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Little Jimmy Dickens.

On Tuesday 10 October 2006, Brad Paisley's 'Brad Paisley Christmas' (Arista Records, 2006) was released; the album included 'Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday', a track which featured The Kung Pao Buckaroos, a group consisted of Bill Anderson, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Little Jimmy Dickens.

On Tuesday 19 June 2007, Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' (Arista Records, 2007) was released; the album included 'Previously', a track featuring The Kung Pao Buckaroos, a group that consisted of Bill Anderson, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Little Jimmy Dickens.

Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' (Arista Records, 2007) also included 'Bigger Fish To Fry' (written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens), a track which also featured The Kung Pao Buckaroos, a group that consisted of Bill Anderson, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Little Jimmy Dickens.

With the passing of Hank Locklin (Friday 15 February 1918 - Sunday 8 March 2009) in March 2009, Little Jimmy Dickens became the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of ninety. Little Jimmy Dickens still makes regular appearances as a host at the Opry, often with the self-deprecating joke that he is also known as 'Willie Nelson after taxes'.

Gene Watson and Little Jimmy Dickens backstage at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Tuesday 26 August 2009

Gene Watson and Little Jimmy Dickens backstage at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday 6 November 2009

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