Grand Ole Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens is hospitalized in Nashville with an undisclosed illness.  Reps for Dickens, who turned 94 on December 19th, says he was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day and was in critical care.  Over the past week he’s made steps toward recovery.

“Each day brings noticeable improvements, and his doctors seem very pleased with the progress he is making,” Pete Fisher, Grand Old Opry vice president and general manager, shares. “I, along with his family, are grateful to all for your thoughts and prayers.”

Dickens became a member of the Opry in 1948 and last performed at the iconic venue on December 20th as part of his birthday celebration.  The music legend was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.  His hits include songs such as “Country Boy,” “Out Behind The Barn,” and “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait).”

Jimmy Dickens
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2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214