Dickens was the longest-running member of the Grand Ole Opry. He'd been performing since the 1930's and was known for up-tempo novelty numbers like "Take An Old Cold Tater And Wait."
His biggest hit came in 1964 with "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." It topped the country chart for 10 weeks and landed Dickens a coveted spot on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1983.