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I'm Little, But I'm Loud: The Little Jimmy Dickens Collection
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop
As the title implies, Dickens has a robust and roaring set of pipes that belie his size. And despite the novelty tag that follows him around (and that he in fact encouraged), his approach to music is dead serious even i... more »
As the title implies, Dickens has a robust and roaring set of pipes that belie his size. And despite the novelty tag that follows him around (and that he in fact encouraged), his approach to music is dead serious even if his lyrics are often comical. This 22-song collection includes both his hits and his greatest performances. Top-quality musicians abound: Early 1949 cuts feature Ernest Tubb's guitarist Billy Byrd and Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys; his own talented Country Boys included at various points Grady Martin, Red Taylor, Tommy Jackson, Buddy Emmons, Harold Bradley, Cecil Brower, and Pig Robbins. His spirited vocals roll through traditional Acuff-influenced country, proto-rockabilly, Western swing, and earnest (if not overblown) ballads. Rather than polish up his hillbilly background, he flaunts it for all to notice. This pint-sized package packs a mean punch. --Marc Greilsamer
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I'm Little But I'm Loud
Jean Flynn | Anchorage, Alaska USA | 01/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OH! What can one say about Little Jimmy. So much fun. And this CD has all of the ones--and more--that he sang to us when he was up here in Anchorage (about 1960 the first time). He liked it so well, and we loved him so much, we were able to get him to come back.
He is remarkable. He remembers everyone. And he can have his back to you when you quietly aim the camera at him, and before you get it focused he has turned around with a big smile. No one told him, he just KNEW!
One of my most prized shots is of him in his "little pink pajamas" (his western outfit he wore both times he was here). I gave the picture to him and he really liked it.
I had a hard time finding his cds until someone suggested I try Amazon.com. For a lot of down-home fun you have got to listen to this cd.It'll make you laugh and your toes tickle.Jean Flynn
Traditional country artist offers up his very best
Paul Tognetti | Cranston, RI USA | 06/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Imagine! Little Jimmy Dickens was added to the roster of the Grand Ole Opry way back in 1948. What is even more incredible is that at that point he had absolutely no background as a recording artist! Instead of recording, Little Jimmy Dickens had been plying his trade on the radio and doing live shows. Dickens had become acquainted with Roy Acuff in 1945 and while on a talent search in 1948 Acuff invited Dickens to come to Nashville and perform at the Opry. And the rest as they say is history. Little Jimmy Dickens, affectionately dubbed "Tater" more than a half century ago by his good friend Hank Williams Sr. has been wowing 'em at the Opry on and off for the past 56 years. He continues to delight Opry audiences even to this day.
Throughout his long career Little Jimmy Dickens was never a particularly prolific recording artist. The record shows that he managed a total of 19 appearances on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart between 1949 and 1972. This collection from Razor and Tie offers a real nice overview of this mans wonderful career. Of course you'll hear the biggest hits like 1949's "Country Boy" as well as "Hillbilly Fever" and my personal favorite "Out Behind The Barn". That one is clearly one of the best country tunes of all time!! Also included is Dickens improbable 1965 comeback hit "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" which not only became a #1 country hit but quite inexpicably also rose to #15 on the pop charts. Other notable selections on this disc include "It May Be Silly (But Ain't It Fun)", the title tune "I'm Little But I'm Loud" and 1967's "Country Music Lover". This was the first CD I have purchased on the Razor & Tie label and I was very pleased to find a well notated 12 page booklet included. Little Jimmy Dickens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. He created his own little niche and occupies a very special place in the history of country music. Good for him!"
Real Country with a Little Humor
Jess | Coal Country, PA | 12/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There will never be another Jimmy Dickens. I remember seeing one of his shows in Wheeling, WV in the earl '70's, and folks, this man is the epitome of a true entertainer....he held the audience in his hand, and with his humor (whether by song, story, or joke), he owned that show. It is good to see him now making an appearance with fellow West Virginian, Brad Paisley on occasion. This CD begins with "Take An Old Cold Tater and Wait", which will have you rolling on the floor. How anyone can sing a song like this and maintain any semblance of sincerity, is beyond me. Also included, are his two biggest hits "Country Boy", and "May The Bird Of Paradise fly Up Your Nose". But, ther are other numbers here that you will fondly recall, including "Out Behind The Barn", "Sleeping at the Foot Of The Bed", and "You All Come". Little Jimmie Dickins will best be remembered for his humor, but Jimmie was, and remains, a superb singer/performer. This is an affordable 22-song collection, that is worth every dime of the price. I also suggest that if you ever get a chance to see him, dont pass it up. He is indeed a living legend, and sadly, will not be around forever."