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 ...
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
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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