The Tennessean: Little Jimmy Dickens was a friend. He was the last living connection to my father, Hank Williams. My father even nicknamed Little Jimmy “Tater” after his song “Take an Old Cold ‘Tater (And Wait).”
Tater and my father toured Europe together in 1949 as part of a Grand Ole Opry package show that had them performing at U.S. air bases. That same year, my father penned “Hey Good Lookin’ ” specifically for Dickens. A week later he cut the song himself, jokingly telling Tater, “That song’s too good for you!”
Being a top entertainer and “trend setter” that only Jimmy could be, he was the first performer to wear a rhinestone Nudie suit on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Soon after, in 1951, my mother and father opened up “Hank and Audrey’s Corral,” a western wear clothing store to supply other Opry stars with their Nudie suits. The famous white suit with the black music notes that my father wore was a Nudie suit. That same year, Tater and my father toured together one last time.
Tater and my father remained friends, but more important to both of them was that they were fishing and hunting buddies until my father died in 1953.
The angel band has added another frontman. Now, my father and Tater can hunt and fish together in paradise.