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Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
Personal information
Birth nameJimmy Ray Dean
BornAugust 10, 1928
Plainview, Texas, United States
DiedJune 13, 2010(age 81)
Varina, Virginia, United States
GenresCountry
OccupationSinger, actor, businessman
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1953 - 2010
LabelsColumbia Records
RCA Records
Associated actsRoy Clark, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich

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Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor and businessman. Although he may be best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand, he became a national television personality starting in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John" and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show, which also gave puppeteer, Jim Henson, his first national media exposure. His acting career included a supporting role as Willard Whyte in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. He lived near Richmond, Virginia and was nominated for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, although he was formally inducted posthumously.


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