Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens is in critical care with an undisclosed illness after being admitted to a Nashville-area hospital on Christmas Day, according to a press release issued Sunday (Dec. 28) by the Opry.
Dickens turned 94 on Dec. 19 and last performed last performed at the Opry on Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration.
The West Virginia native became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. His hits include “Take an Old Cold ’Tater (and Wait),” and “Country Boy.” He achieved biggest hit in 1965 with “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” a novelty classic which reached No. 1 on the country chart and No. 15 on the pop chart.
In 2009, Dickens underwent brain surgery after being diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, a clot created when blood vessels tear and blood accumulates in the space between the brain and its protective covering within the skull. He underwent radiation treatment in 2013 for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal cords.
Dickens’ wife, family and the Opry are requesting prayers from his friends and fans around the world.