Monday, June 14, 2010

Jimmy Dean, R. I. P.

Jimmy Dean, sausage king and country music star, dies at 81: "Goodbye, Jimmy Dean.

The country star turned sausage king has passed away at the age of 81, his wife said Sunday night.

'He was amazing,' Donna Meade Dean said of her late husband. 'He had a lot of talents.'

Dean passed away in his home in Virginia on Sunday evening, The Associated Press reports. He had been sitting down to eat dinner in front of the television when his wife went into the other room. When she returned, he was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead.

Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. He became an entertainer after getting out of the Air Force, and gained fame during the 1950s as a singer."


Tom said...

I still watch him every year as Willard Whyte in the Connery James Bond flick, "Diamonds are Forever."

R.I.P. Jimmy.

Thanks for the posting Bill.

Tom Roberts

Gar Haywood said...

I knew Jimmy Dean when he was just a country singer with a variety show on ABC. The first Muppet I ever saw, Rowlf, the piano playing dog, used to be a regular on that show.

Bill Crider said...

Rowlf was great on that show. I think some other Muppets might have appeared, too, but none of the named or famous ones.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Tom. Jimmy as Willard Whyte was the second-best thing in that movie. Jill StJohn in a bikini was, of course, the first-best thing.

Dan said...

A real artist. I'll always remember BIG BAF JOHN and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.