Jimmy Dean

American singer (1928-2010)

Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010)[1] was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman. He was the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.

Jimmy Dean
Dean in 1966.
Dean in 1966.
Background information
Birth nameJimmy Ray Dean
Born(1928-08-10)August 10, 1928
Plainview, Texas
DiedJune 13, 2010(2010-06-13) (aged 81)
Varina, Virginia[1]
Occupation(s)Singer, television host, actor, businessman
InstrumentsVocals, accordion, piano
Years active1953–2010
LabelsColumbia Records
RCA Victor

He became a national television personality starting on CBS in 1957. His best known hit was "Big Bad John" and he was known for his 1963 television series The Jimmy Dean Show.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Weber, Bruce (June 14, 2010). "Jimmy Dean, Singer and Businessman, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2010.