JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS - CONTRACT SIGNED 03/22/1967 - HFSID 67027
Sale Price $396.00
JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS
The singer signs a contract with The American Broadcasting Company for an appearance on American Swingaround
Contract signed: "Jimmy Dickens" in ink as Performer, 2p, 8½x14, front and verso. No place, 1967 March 22. "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract For Single Television Broadcast and For Multiple Television Broadcasts Within One Calendar Week" by which The American Broadcasting Company contracts with Jimmy Dickens & His Band of Nashville, Tennessee for an appearance on American Swingaround. The performance was to take place at ABC-TV in Chicago on April 10, 1967. Total compensation for "Singer and Musicians" was $445.24, with Dickens receiving $200 and his musicians receiving $61.31 each. Dickens has also written his telephone and social security numbers (blacked out on scan). Stamped signature of a representative for the American Broadcasting Company at lower right, three stamped signatures of the same representative on verso. 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. Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold near but not touching the upper loops of Dickens' signature. Staple holes and stains at upper left blank margin and at lower right margin, 1x½-inch paper loss at upper right edge from removal of staples. 2 file holes at upper blank margin, which has ½-inch tear to left of 1 file hole. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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