JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS - CONTRACT SIGNED 10/05/1967 CO-SIGNED BY: CARLTON HANEY - HFSID 56342
Sale Price $450.00
JIMMY "LITTLE JIMMY" DICKENS, CO-SIGNED BY: CARLTON HANEY
The country singer signs a contract to appear in Altoona, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1968 for $750.00 presented in a leather portfolio.
Contract Signed: "Jimmy Dickens", 1p, 8½x16. Nashville, Tennessee, 1967 October 5. Moeller Talent, Inc. Contract Blank for the appearance of "Jimmy Dickens and the Country Boys" at "Altoona, Pennsylvania at the Jaffa Mosque" on March 29, 1968 at 8:00 p.m. Wage agreed upon: $750.00. Also initialed: "CH" (Carlton Haney) as Employer. Stamp at upper right: "Artist agrees not to perform within 75 miles of this building prior to this date or 30 days after the date of this contract." 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, when he 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. Carlton Haney (1928-2011) was an American booking agent, festival promoter, and songwriter primarily active in bluegrass music. Once dubbed "The P.T. Barnum of Country Music" for his large personality, Haney started his career as a music promoter after meeting Bill Monroe. In 1953, Monroe hired Haney as a booking agent for his band, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Haney also managed bluegrass duo Reno and Smiley between 1955 and 1964. While working with Reno and Smiley, he initiated the daily television show, "Top 'o the Morning," on WDBJ, Roanoke and wrote and co-wrote Reno & Smiley staples songs "He Will Forgive You," "Kneel Down", and "I Never Get To Hold You In My Arms Anymore". Haney was honored with The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s Award of Merit in 1990 and was later inducted into The Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1998. ½x½-inch paper loss at upper left blank corner, where torn from staple. Otherwise, fine condition. Presented in the Gallery of History style in leatherette folio: 14¼x17.
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