Big Bad John (1990)
Born in 1928, Dean became a star of country music in the 1950s and '60s and ended up helping the careers of talents like Patsy Cline and Roy Clark. One of his biggest songs, "Big Bad John," was released in 1961 and he won a Grammy for it.
In the early 1960s, Dean guest-hosted The Tonight Show. In 1963, he began hosting his own primetime variety program called The Jimmy Dean Show. The ABC series ran for three seasons. The show is most notable for Dean's regular comedy sketches and songs with Rowlf the Dog, a Muppet performed by Jim Henson. The partnership was beneficial for both sides. The steady income helped a pre-Sesame Street
Jimmy Dean – country music singer, actor and breakfast sausage king – died on Sunday. He was 81.
Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded several hits, including “Bummin Around” and 1961’s “Big Bad John” for which he won a Grammy.
He also had a television show, "Country Style," in the 1950s on CBS.
But Dean was perhaps best known for his brand of breakfast sausages, which he launched in ...
Sunday evening, Jimmy Dean reportedly sat down to watch TV and eat dinner with his wife, Donna Meade Dean. After leaving the room for a few minutes, Dean’s wife returned to find him unconscious and unresponsive. According to CNN, Dean reportedly died of natural causes.
In the country music world, Jimmy Dean made it big in 1961 with “Big Bad John,” which reached number one on both the country and pop charts. The song also garnered a Grammy Award. Dean quickly moved to television, launching The Jimmy Dean Show on ABC in 1963. Dean also frequently appeared on NBC’s Daniel Boone as Boone’s friend Josh Clements.
In 1969, Dean founded the Jimmy Dean Meat Company,
His success as a sausage pitchman will be cherished by his fans. He died naturally without suffering from any kind of illness.
Jimmy Dean’s first mark in Hollywood was in country music. His numbers became super hit and topped in the country charts in 1961. The song ‘Big Bad John’ took him to the top, which is about a strange, Paul Bunyan-esque coal miner.
Dean was also on various television programs in the '50s and '60s, including "The Jimmy Dean Show," which started on CBS and then moved to ABC from 1963 to 1966. In 1969, he started the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in his hometown, though the company was sold to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984, which famously dropped Dean as its spokesperson in 2003.
Besides wife Donna Meade Dean, Dean is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Arrangements have not be made for the funeral, but it will be a private service, Meade tells the Associated Press.
And just because it's a song
By Gil Kaufman
Photo: Steve Helber/ AP Photos
Country singer Jimmy Dean, whose career as a storyteller was equaled later in life by his success as a sausage pitchman, died at his home in Varina, Virginia, on Sunday night at the age of 81. According to CNN, the Country Music Hall of Famer apparently died of natural causes.
Though later in life his name was most familiar for his famous line of smoked sausages, Dean made his mark first in the world of country music, scoring a #1 hit on the pop and country charts in 1961 with the song "Big Bad John," a tune about a mysterious, Paul Bunyan-esque coal miner who saves his fellow workers after a mine collapse. Written with country legend Roy Acuff, the million-selling song won a 1962 Grammy
Dean was pronounced dead later that evening. A spokesman for the Henrico County Police department tells CNN.com Dean's death appears to be the result of natural causes.
Dean made his first foray into showbusiness after leaving the U.S. airforce in the 1940s, hosting a radio show and forming a band called the Texas Wildcats. In the 1950s he hosted a series of TV shows before scoring a number one hit in America with 1961's "Big Bad John" - the song that won Dean a Grammy Award.
Dean scored several more chart hits in the
Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, 'Big Bad John,' and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.
His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.
She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.
"He was amazing," she said. "He had a lot of talents."
Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. He went on to a successful entertainment career in the 1950s
Dean died Sunday at his home on his 200-acre estate near Richmond, Va., wife Donna Meade Dean told the AP. Though he had health problems, she said his death came as a shock because ...
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