Little Jimmy Dickens, the Grand Ole Oprey singer, has been in a Nashville hospital for undisclosed reasons, and is listed in critical condition. Dickens has been there since Christmas Day, according to Oprey publicist Jessie Schmidt. Dickens just celebrated his 94th birthday on December 19 with a big celebration at the Oprey where he has performed since 1948. Despite his age, he performed for his birthday that night as well.

Dickens is well known and beloved in country music circles. His career was spotted with numerous hits, including, “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “Country Boy,” “Out Behind the Barn,” and “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose.” In 1983, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Oprey  has set up a way for fans to send cards and well wishes to the ailing singer. They can send them in care of the Opry at the address below.

Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214