Jimmy Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010) was a country singer, songwriter, TV host, actor, and pork sausage king. In 1953, he debuted on the Country charts with "Bumming Around," and throughout the 1950s and most of the 1960s, he hosted a number of variety shows on both radio and TV that included "The Jimmy Dean Show" (1958-1959; 1963-1966). In the late 1960s, Dean started acting in movies and TV, most famously as the villainous Willard Whyte in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). In 1969, he founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company and thereafter, his funny commercials became a familiar fixture on TV for many years.
In the early 1960s, Dean's singing career really took off with the enormously popular and mostly-spoken "Big Bad John," which topped the Country, Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts in 1961. Dean had originally recorded the song with the spoken passage "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man ..." but this created such a stir that Dean had to rush-record the song, substituting "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man ..." Dean's long string of hits on the Country and Pop/Rock charts, which also included "P.T. 109" (1962), and "I.O.U." (1976), continued through 1983.
In 2010, Jimmy Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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- Big Bad John 1961
(This mostly spoken song topped the Adult Contemporary, Country, and Pop/Rock charts. The original version included the word "hell" in the lyrics, which created such a big stink that a new version had to be rush recorded.)
- The Cajun Queen 1962
- Dear Ivan 1962
- Little Black Book 1962
- P.T. 109 1962
- To A Sleeping Beauty 1962
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