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  1. Norman B. Atkinson
    January 19, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

    It’s sad to see one of the opry greats leave us. I have been listening to Litte Jimmy for over 70 hears. He was a great perfomer in his own right and he will be missed by all that love country music.
    It’s a sad day in Nashville now and will be each time he was supposed to walk out on the stage. God Bless him, and may he rest in peace with all those gone on before.

    Norman B. Atkinson

  2. Wanda Grenier
    January 14, 2015 @ 5:56 pm

    My husband and I watch CFR all the time and have to watch repeats often, we just love the old country music. CFR, Bluegrass, and the Gospel shows were just awesome. We have watched part 1 of your Jimmy Dickens show and are waiting for part 2!! We went to a wonderful Bluegrass Festival in Brunswick Maine last summer and saw several people from the CFR Bluegrass show, I even got Rhonda Vincent’s autograph. The place is at Thomas Point Beach and from what we heard from everyone there they had been there several times, you want to believe we will be going back there, also. We live in Maine and don’t get to see to much of the “classic country music” around here. I sure would love to hear that you are taking CFR on the road up here in our area.

  3. Anne Wagner
    January 11, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

    Bill, you write the most beautiful tributes to your mentors and heroes. This one makes me wish I’d known Jimmy Dickens and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories in such a touching way. I had completely forgotten the era of “Little and Po”” and thanks for reminding me, it made me
    smile and recall that you have no trepidation about stepping into new ways of making music; and that makes me smile to think what fun the two of you must have had on stage doing this, and sharing how you treasured these times and others.

  4. J R
    January 10, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

    I love the caricatures & the tribute. Bill, write Tater a tribute song for all of us country music lovers……Thanks. JR

  5. Suzanne Shropshire
    January 10, 2015 @ 3:45 am

    Thanks for your wonderful tribute to Jimmy Dickins, a fine country music singer and entertainer. Seem eveytime I or my family attended the Grand Ole Opry over the past 30 years, Jimmy was always there performing each time – what a blessing! I was so pleased to be able to view his funeral yesterday on RFD-TV. It was a very uplifting service in rememberance of Jimmy as the oldest member of the Opry, along with his being a man of God, beloved family member, and a friend to some many! He will be missed!

  6. Bert Wade
    January 8, 2015 @ 8:10 am

    What a beautiful tribute, as said above, only you could write. I don’t know if the golden age is over. Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jean Shepard, the Time Jumpers and yourself are testament to the willingness to keep country going. Keep up the good work. I asked about your Gospel CD set in a different
    area. Since you’re planning another CD, hopefully it will contain fiddle and steel to keep it country.
    Love this new sight. Also meant to say I have your last CD on the top of some other ones in my “office” where I’m trying to learn pedal steel. Developed wet macular degeneration in the left eye a few weeks ago, so I find it difficult and tiring to read the music I wish to play. As a result, since treatment will go on for possibly a year, the steel will have to go, and that will be a sad day. I’m 79, should have started years ago. That’s life.
    Take care buddy.

  7. Joyce Brantley
    January 8, 2015 @ 5:21 am

    Joyce Brantley

    January 7, 2015

    Sorry to hear of Little Jimmy Dickens’ passing. These thoughts would be shared by Geneva Buchanan also. Together we would say “Another of the greatest gone to entertain heaven.” Your tribute to him is of the greatest words and shows how much you cared for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to you, Bill for your compassion and friendship for he and his family. R. I. P. Little Jimmy (take a cold tater and wait).

  8. Tom
    January 7, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

    I was saddened when I heard about Tater, he was a wonderfuf man.. We had him for 94 yrs, I am so thankful for that, Country music lost a great one. RIP Tater Tom Marshall NC

  9. Cathie
    January 7, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy’s family and friends. Another country hero has gone home to glory. Singing with all the other angels. God Bless you all.

  10. Donna
    January 7, 2015 @ 1:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing he was one of the best ,he will be miss.

  11. Sandra Earle
    January 7, 2015 @ 3:45 am

    So sorry to hear of Little Jimmy Dickens passing. There will never be another like him. He will be dearly missed. R. I. P.

  12. Margaret Hubbard Ward
    January 7, 2015 @ 3:23 am

    Thanks for sharing your memories.I was lucky enough to hear you and him on 12/20/14. I can listen to the Opry on my T.V. { I can not see you,but I can hear the music way down here in these MS. woods. I am so thankful that I got to hear his last Opry show. I pray for God’s comfort for his family; you and his other friends and us fans. I will be remembering you as you get through Thursday. Tell him good-bye for me,also.

  13. Kathy Cornelius
    January 7, 2015 @ 2:32 am

    Well said, heart felt, and an inspiring piece about a unique man!

    Kathy Cornelius

  14. Tammy Rambin
    January 7, 2015 @ 2:16 am

    hi bill this is tammy rambin I got a story to tell you you
    I saw little jimmy at the on 25
    anniversary and gave little jimmy dickens a raggedy ann doll thatnight
    I requested that he sing it but he did not but that was allright he said something shook his head and said not tonight I told him that’s all right so I went to my seat this stuck his arm like he saying to me thatwas nice of you
    to give him that doll and itouch the guys hand as I went back to my seat but when I heard the on the radio I went my bedroom and grab my raggedy ann doll and bald like ababy when I heard about little jimmy dickens passing away he is going to missed very much the opry will never be the same I love his the suits he wore and his songsand jokes may you rest in peace little jimmy I love you jimmy

  15. Donna Dunlap
    January 7, 2015 @ 1:17 am

    Thank you for a very beautiful and inspiring tribute to “Tator”.

  16. thelma russell
    January 7, 2015 @ 12:55 am


  17. janice dean
    January 6, 2015 @ 11:35 pm

    wonderful to read your thoughts on Little Jimmy-Thanks Bill <3

  18. Lori Lee
    January 6, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

    When I first heard about Little Jimmy Dickens’ illness, and then his passing, I immediately thought about you and what stories and memories you might be able to share with us about your dear friend ~ this great entertainer and country music hero that we all have ‘known’ our entire lives. I can’t express how sorry I am for the loss of your beloved friend but I hope you know how much we (I think I can speak for more than just myself) sincerely appreciate your sharing your beautiful thoughts and wonderful memories of him with us and how much it enriches our lives when you do so. Thank you so VERY much, Bill!

  19. Greg Davis
    January 6, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    Bill, I’m so sorry to hear the passing Little Jimmy Dickens. I cannot express my deep sympathy to you or Mona. Your written tribute here, is a blessing. The two of you will always be with me while listening to the Kung Pao Buckaroos!
    I can think of no one better to deliver an out pouring of love,admiration, honor and respect than you!
    We fans, will be surrounding you and Jimmy’s family with prayer and love as you deliver this very special message.
    God bless you Bill, and lay his hand on you during this time.
    Greg Davis

  20. Dixie Grass
    January 6, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

    Beautifully written tribute to Little Jimmy. I saw him many times and he never ceased to make me laugh with those jokes (old but still so funny)! Thanks for telling us some of your personal memories of a great friend, man and country music star (they don’t make them like Jimmy anymore). Sympathy to you, all his friends, co-stars and especially his wife.

  21. Charles White
    January 6, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    what a great tribute to a great man by a great man. Rest in peace, Tater

  22. Mary Knapp
    January 6, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful tribute to the amazing Little Jimmy Dickens. Only you can say it so beautiful. Love you,, Bill.

  23. Denise Dreyer
    January 6, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

    thank you for sharing, Little Jimmy was a very talented and wonderful person

  24. Karen Burson
    January 6, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

    Bill, what beautiful memories you shared with us and I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and giant. Jimmy is now on that Grand Opry stage up in heaven, seeing old friends, cracking jokes and singing with the angels. May the Lord above give you strength to say goodbye in the next few days. You are truly a gentleman Bill!

  25. Zedith Johnson
    January 6, 2015 @ 12:15 am

    Bill, I was at one of the shows you and Jimmy were in and you were both great. I could see that you two were wonderful friends. You have written a beautiful tribute to him as usual, your writing is always special. The country music world and fans will miss him. I will be thinking of you as you go through these few days of sorrow. Your fan and hopefully long time (since 1977) friend, Zedith Johnson

  26. Judy Hamilton
    January 5, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    You have said what many of us feel! He was special and one of a kind!! We love you Jimmy!

  27. Pam Moore
    January 5, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing, we will all miss his smile!!!

  28. Michael Green
    January 5, 2015 @ 3:55 am

    Mr. Anderson, your tribute is just beautiful. And a thought occurs to me: even before The Potato (as Hank Snow used to call him died), you were–and are–the longest-tenured male performer on the Opry. The only male Opry members who came before you, Jimmy Dickens and Stonewall Jackson, both were off for a few years. Only Jean Shepard has been there longer. And you have done as much as anybody to keep the flame burning.

  29. Dave Gerard
    January 5, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    What a nice tribute to a legend….Little Jimmy Dickens….from one of country music’s all time greats and legend in his own right….Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Glad I found this site. I’ll be keeping an eye out for you and the Po Boys if you come to our area. All the best.

  30. Karen McNish
    January 5, 2015 @ 12:55 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all Little Jimmy’s family and friends. Your words are so beautifully written and anyone can tell, sincerely and lovingly meant from the heart. I remember when you and Little Jimmy were on the “Little and Po’ ” tour…we saw you in Havelock , Ontario at the Havelock Jamboree. When it was time to be able to go to the “meet and greet” tent, for some reason , the official tent guards (for lack of a better term) would only let everyone go through and meet and get the autograph of one star. I came to your area but I’ve always been peeved that I wasn’t able to meet Little Jimmy. It didn’t make sense that day and it still doesn’t but at least I did get to enjoy a live show with both of you that day. I know Little Jimmy is in Hillbilly Heaven and I can just imagine how great Heaven’s version of the Grand Ole Opry is!

  31. Freida Webb
    January 4, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

    A wonderful tribute as only you can write. So sorry he is gone.

    • Norman B. Atkinson
      January 19, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

      You are so right Freida. He was a great singer, perfomer and a good, good man

  32. Stan Davis
    January 4, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    Bill, You have always written so beautifully about the passing of ypur heros and the great artists whom have passed away. You may have outdone yourself with Little Jimmy. It is so obvous how much you loved and admired him. We will never see his like again. As always I appreciate the way you carry the torch for real tradfitional country music. Stan Davis

    • Johnny White
      January 9, 2015 @ 3:52 am

      It is with heavy heart but with blessed gratitude and safe in the knowledge that a kindly and gracious man is Heaven placed now… leaving us with golden treasured memories to last a life time.
      We loved Jimmy with all our heart and couldn’t wait, when in Nashville, in seeing him on stage entertaining at the Ryman.
      Vale Jimmy.
      Johnny White, Melbourne, Australia.