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A Sleepin At The Foot Of The Bed




According to Happy Wilson, Little Jimmy Dickens' 1950 hit song "A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed" came from a real slice of life.

Little Jimmy Dickens

Wilson commented, "I lived every word of that song.  During the Hoover years my family lived on a farm in Haleyville, Alabama.  We were poor country folks and those were lean years.  And in those days everybody was friends with everybody else around and there was always somebody spending the night at our house.  We'd have three or four kids in one bed and somebody had to sleep at the foot of that bed and most of the time, that somebody was me."

"When you hear those words in that song about wakin' up with a big cold foot stuck in your face or some cold toes jamming in your side -- that's me.  I've been there and done that!"

Little Jimmy Dickens' Columbia recording of "A-Sleepin' At The Foot OF The Bed" entered the country music charts January 14th, 1950 and peaked at #6.  It was Dickens' 5th chart single and was on the charts for three weeks.




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