Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley + More Perform ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ at Little Jimmy Dickens’ Memorial [WATCH]
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Tears were free falling as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and more took the stage to perform 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' at Little Jimmy Dickens' Grand Ole Opry memorial service on Thursday (Jan. 8).
Paisley stood in the center with his guitar, visibly choking back tears as his voice cracked, saying, "We'll take it from here little buddy." Then he invited all the performers and speakers at the celebration of Dickens' life to join him onstage for the song, as is the tradition at the Grand Ole Opry.
"This tradition that he began will continue with all of us. And we owe it to his memory to keep this place alive and going forever," Paisley uttered through tears. He led the sing-a-long with help from Connie Smith, his voice breaking several times during the song, as everyone else joined with various instruments and vocals -- a performance that will not soon be forgotten.
Dickens, a Country Music Hall of Famer and longtime Opry member, passed away at the age of 94 following a stroke and a heart attack. The service took place at the place you could always find him -- and the place he was the happiest -- the Grand Ole Opry, with cherished country singers paying their tributes and sharing their memories of the unforgettable Dickens.
Photos From Little Jimmy Dickens' Grand Ole Opry Memorial Service