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Country legend Jimmy Dean died at 7:54 pm on June 13 at the age of 81, the Associated Press is reporting. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said he died at their Henrio County, Virginia, home while he was eating in front of the television. She added that it was a shock, because even though he had health problems, he was still “functioning well.” While Dean is remembered most for his Grammy-winning song ‘Big Bad John,’ he started his career in the 1950s on his nationally televised show ’The Jimmy Dean’ show. He became an entrepreneur in 1969 when he started his sausage business, the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. Dean sold the brand to the Sara [...] »
A business entrepreneur, singer, and TV show host, Jimmy Dean has passed away of natural causes. He died yesterday in Virginia's Henrico County at the age of 81.
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 »
By Dylan Stableford
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 »
- Dylan Stableford
Jimmy Dean, the Country Music Hall of Famer who later in life became equally famous as the purveyor of his own brand of breakfast sausage, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, told the Associated Press Dean died of natural causes in front of the TV set in their Virginia home while she was out of the room. As a country crooner, Dean scored a number one smash hit in 1961 with "Big Bad John," which paid tribute to a mysterious miner who saves 20 men after a mine accident. The song went on to win a Grammy for Best Country and Western Recording. The entertainer also forged a successful career in television, hosting his own variety program, The Jimmy Dean Show, in the »
Jimmy Dean, country music singer and sausage king, has died at the age of 81 in his Virginia home. Dean had one smash hit in 1961 with "Big Bad John," a song about a quiet, working-class miner who saves his colleagues in a cave-in but is himself lost. It won Dean a Grammy.
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 »
Country music star Jimmy Dean has died, aged 81. The singer passed away at his home in Henrico County, Va, on Sunday, says The AP. "He was amazing. He had a lot of talents," his wife Donna Meade Dean is quoted as saying. His most famous song was the 1961 track 'Big Bad John', which told the story of a coal miner and earned him a Grammy Award. He also starred in programmes (more) »
- By Lara Martin
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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