Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #MusicWrap pays tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens, the oldest Grand Ole Opry cast member, who sadly passed away on January 2, 2015.

Standing at just 4 feet, 11 inches, Little Jimmy Dickens had a big impact on the music and performance industry as a whole, specifically at the Opry. His performance career began after high school when he attended West Virginia University. After hard work and good timing, Dickens eventually came in contact with executives from Columbia’s Art Satherley and the Opry. In 1949 his talent really exploded with four of his records finding home in the top ten.

“In 1975, the singer rejoined the Opry, and achieved the pinnacle of his career in 1983 with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by Barbara Mandrell on the 17th Annual Country Music Association Award,” according to Billboard. His influence in the country music industry knows no boundaries with stars like Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, and George Jones, among others, calling on him for support and collaboration.

Little Jimmy Dickens will long be remembered as one of country music’s biggest inspirations.

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