Country star Little Jimmy Dickens dies aged 94

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Nashville country music star Little Jimmy Dickens died in hospital on Saturday after an illness.

Although he stood less than five feet tall, country music lost a giant when the long-time Grand Ole Opry star passed away in Nashville.

Little Jimmy was a master showman and a fan favourite at the Opry, and made his last appearance there on December 20.

Dickens, from West Virginia, wowed country fans with a mix of his tiny size and an incongruous gum-popping swagger.

He was famous for classic comedy novelties like A-Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed and Out Behind the Barn. Dickens also sang love ballads As We Could, I’m Making Love to a Stranger, Another Bridge to Burn and Life Turned Her That Way.

In 1965, Dickens had a huge hit with a novelty song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, which reached number one on the US country chart and number 15 on the US pop chart.

Born in west Virginia, Mr Dickens was aged 94.