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Jimmy Dean Obituary

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

OBITUARY

Jimmy Dean dies at 81; country music star and sausage king

 

 

 

The Texas-born entertainer, who hit it big with the Grammy-winning ‘Big Bad John’ in 1961, also had his own TV variety shows and a role on ‘Daniel Boone.’ But many know him from his sausage brand and commercials.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2010

 

When the Country Music Assn. announced in February that Jimmy Dean would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, Dean joked, “I thought I was already in there.”

 

“Seriously, it brought a huge grin to my face,” he said in a news release. “I am honored.”

 

Dean already had been inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

That’s not to mention his 2009 induction into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.

 

Indeed, Dean, who died Sunday evening at his home in Henrico County, Va., at age 81, may be better known by some today as “the sausage king” of TV commercial fame than a hit-making country music star and one-time TV show host who helped bring country music into the mainstream in the 1960s.

 

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