Brad Paisley Performs ‘When I Get to Where I’m Going’ at Little Jimmy Dickens’ Funeral [WATCH]
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There was no one more fitting than Brad Paisley to pay tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens at his memorial service on Thursday (Jan. 8). Paisley, who called Dickens his hero and best friend, performed a touching rendition of 'When I Get to Where I'm Going.'
The singer let lots of tears fall during the service but, despite his grief, was able to beautifully articulate who Dickens was to him and to country music.
"Make no mistake, the building that we're all in was built -- at least partially -- by Jimmy Dickens," Paisley said before beginning the song. "And when he first stepped on the Opry stage in 1948 and made his last appearance Dec. 20 of last year, I can't even fathom what he saw in his lifetime.
"As we remember him, I'm just so glad that I was one of the generations that got to experience him firsthand," he added. "His mark will be left on this place forever. As long as the Grand Ole Opry and as long as this building is here, his memory is intact. He really was as important as anyone who's ever been to this."
Paisley then lent his velvety vocals to 'When I Get to Where I'm Going,' closing his eyes as he picked his acoustic guitar and sang, "Yeah, when I get where I'm going / There'll be only happy tears / I will shed the sins and struggles / I have carried all these years / And I'll leave my heart wide open / I will love and have no fear."
Country Music Hall of Famer and longtime Opry member Dickens passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 94 following a stroke and a heart attack.
Photos From Little Jimmy Dickens' Grand Ole Opry Memorial Service