Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jimmy Dean (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010)

Jimmy Dean died Sunday night, June 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM EDT in his Virginia home. While most of you remember him for his breakfast sausages, Jimmy Dean was a country music legend, television show host
and actor long before the sausage came along :) And he has the distinction of firing Roy Clark as the lead guitarist for his band for being constantly late.

After dropping out of high school to help his mom, his first big country "hit" that garned national attention was "Big Bad John"... a crossover hit long before Garth and Shania. It was followed by another hit, "PT 109," a song written in honor of John F Kennedy's heroism during World War II.

Dean became a major TV personality in the 1960s as host of The Morning Show which aired right before Captain Kangaroo (a show I remember fondly!) He even guest hosted the Tonight Show from time to time before his ABC variety series, The Jimmy Dean Show aired. His best-known acting role was playing the reclusive Las Vegas billionaire Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever. Just this past February, Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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