Oldest living member of Opry celebrates 90th birthday - WKRN News 2

Oldest living member of Opry celebrates 90th birthday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry celebrated his 90th birthday in downtown Nashville on Wednesday evening.

Jimmy Dickens turned 90-years-old last month. The country legend began his birthday celebration at The Palm in downtown Nashville where he was honored by the restaurant who unveiled the country superstar's portrait on the wall.

"It's a good picture," Dickens said of the newly revealed portrait, adding, "To be one of [the pictures on the walls] makes my heart swell."

After attending the unveiling at The Palm, Dickens went to Rippy's to continue his birthday celebration. 

"I feel pretty good for an old man," Dickens told Nashville's News 2, adding, "Life has been good to me."

Rippy's owner, Steve Smith was thrilled to host the invitation only birthday celebration at his Nashville restaurant.

"Little Jimmy is the king of country music, the icon, the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry," Smith said. 

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was in attendance at Wednesday night's celebration. The mayor read a proclamation from the city honoring the country music legend.

"People like Jimmy are the people who built this city. The thing that gives Nashville a special edge which makes us a place everyone wants to visit is Jimmy Dickens and that heritage, so we should definitely be honoring folks like Jimmy Dickens, and I'm just flattered to be invited to be here for his 90th birthday," Dean told Nashville's News 2.

Dickens is scheduled to appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday and Saturday nights.

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