Go, Jimmy, Go!

One of the Grand Ole Opry’s most legendary performers, Little Jimmy Dickens, will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the Opry this weekend. Milestones in the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s career will be highlighted throughout the week. A native of Bolt, West Virginia, Dickens was the son of a coal miner and the youngest of 13 children who dreamed of one day performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He got his first radio job at age 17. Billing himself as Jimmy The Kid, he not only performed, but also crowed like a rooster to open an early morning program on WJLS radio station in Beckley, West Virginia.