Little Jimmy, M-m-m-el, Kristofferson Get Stars
Rascal Flatts weren't the only ones getting a star of the Music City Walk of Fame on Sunday (Nov. 7): Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens, funnyman Mel Tillis and songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson were also honored. Country legend Eddy Arnold and songwriter Bobby Hebb (“Sunny”) got stars posthumously.
Onstage, Kris, lead man in A Star is Born and other movies, gave a nod to his fellow inductees. “It’s such an honor to be sitting up here with the likes of Jimmy Dickens and Mel Tillis, who are two of my first heroes,” he said. “Mel was probably the first person I met in Nashville. I won’t go into the trouble we got into.”
Little Jimmy himself struck a sincere note when he declared, “It has been a long road from the coal mines of West Virginia to where I stand today.” Then he asked his wife, Mona, to stand up, bringing a huge round of applause, and a few tears.
Mel Tillis went straight for the comedy when he accepted his star, mentioning of course that he has just released his first comedy album, You Ain’t Gonna Believe This. He proceeded to tell some hilarious stories about his aunts and uncles, including one about an uncle with an outhouse outside a gas station he owned. One day, Uncle Ernest found a customer fishing for a jacket he had dropped through one of the holes in the outhouse floor. “You ain’t gonna wear that jacket?” Uncle Ernest asked. “No sir,” the customer replied, “but I got a biscuit in the pocket.” As the crowd roared, Mel declared, “If y’all wanna hear more, buy the album!”