JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS - CONTRACT SIGNED 01/27/1967 CO-SIGNED BY: HOLLAND "HOLLY" HOUFBURG - HFSID 56375
Sale Price $396.00
JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS, CO-SIGNED BY: HOLLY HOUFBURG
The country singer signs a contract to appear in Jackpot, Nevada on May 9, 1967
Contract Signed: "Jimmy Dickens", 1p, 8¼x15. January 27, 1967. Moeller Talent, Inc. contract for the appearance of "Jimmy Dickens and the Country Boys" at Cactus Pete's in Jackpot, Nevada May 9 through 14, 1967 "according to house rules". Dickens was to perform a show for compensation of $3000. Also signed: "Holly Houfburg" as Employer. Jimmy Dickens (1920-2015), born James Cecil Dickens, was an American country music singer. He performed at the Grand Ole Opry since the 1940s and was known as much for his funny novelty songs and flamboyant, rhinestone-encrusted outfits as much for his short size - four feet 11 inches. The 13th child of a farmer, he began performing professionally while a student at the University of West Virginia in the late 1930s, singing on a local radio station. Originally known as Jimmy the Kid, he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a permanent performer there in 1949, whenhe changed his nickname to Little Jimmy. He's released at least one hit every decade between the 1940s and 1970s, including "Take a Cold Tater and Wait" - his first single, released in 1949 - as well as "Out Behind the Barn" (1954), "The Violet and the Rose "(1962) and his biggest hit, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" (1965). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Holland Lynn "Holly" Houfburg (1922-1983) was a radio personality in the 1950s in the Twin Falls, Idaho region. He had a morning radio show called the "Sun-up Follies" and was known for playing predominantly country western music. In the mid-1950s, Cactus Pete's casino opened in Jackpot, Nev. To lure Idaho gamblers across the state line, Cactus Pete's hired Holly to contract entertainment out of Nashville. Holly's band, the "Double H Buckaroos," became Cactus Pete's house band. Houfburg and his buckaroos were billed as the "Happiest Band in Idaho Land." Corners rounded and creased. Horizontal fold across center. Staple holes and rust stains at upper left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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