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Little Jimmy Dickens, oldest Grand Ole Opry cast member, dies at age 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, a singer-songwriter who performed with the Grand Ole Opry, died on Friday at the age of 94, The Associated Press reports.

Dickens stood 4-foot-11 and was known for his sense of humor during performances on the Opry. He had performed on the Opry since 1948, and his last appearance was on Dec. 20, when he sang Out Behind the Barn. Dickens was awarded a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983, for his hit May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose. He is also credited with debuting rhinestone suits at country music concerts in the 1950s.

Watch the country legend in action in a 2013 performance on the Opry, in the clip, below. --Sarah Eberspacher