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Jimmy Dean

Born: 1928-08-10 - Died: 2010-06-13
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes

Death Summary: Dean died in his home in Varina, Virginia of natural causes.

Who was Jimmy Dean : Jimmy Dean was born in Plainview, Texas, in 1928. Dean is mostly famous as a country music singer, and the original creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade, and toured as an entertainer for the U.S Air Force during the 40's. In the 50's Dean would appear in different variety shows, most notably The Morning Show on CBS.

Jimmy Dean's musical career was propped up by two big hits, 'Bummin' Around' in 1953 and his most famous 'Big Bad John' in 1961. The latter would eventually become #1 on the Billboard charts. It would sell over one million copies, earning Dean a ceremonial gold disc.

Later into the 60's, Jimmy Dean received his own variety show 'The Jimmy Dean Show' which would last him a few years. He used the show to help promote various country music singers to the mainstream, including: George Jones, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, and more.

Along with his music, Jimmy Dean found success in the sausage business. In 1969, he launched the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company along with his brother Don. The company did well through marketing, as Jimmy Dean was the company's spokesperson and performed in all the commercials. The company would eventually be sold to the Sara Lee corporation in 1984, though Dean was kept on many years in a managerial role. He would also continue appearing in commercials, until 2004 when Sara Lee decided to take the brand in another direction.

On February 23, 2010 Jimmy Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was to receive a ceremony later in the year. Upon his death, Jimmy Dean is survived by his wife Donna and three children - Garry, Connie, and Robert.
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