Four months ago, Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dean had a number one hit “Big Bad John” back in 1961. His narrative style of song also produced hits like “Little Black Book” and “P.T. 109″ – a song about John F. Kennedy’s command in the South Pacific during World War II. He appeared as a reclusive billionaire in the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever”, hosted “The Jimmy Dean Show” and was a regular headliner in Las Vegas and Reno in the mid-60’s. He also appeared frequently on television, including multiple episodes on “Daniel Boone” (1967-1970) and “Fantasy Island” 1981-1982).
Though born in Texas, Dean lived for many years in a home on the James River in Varina, Virginia. The Deans were rebuilding that home after a fire destroyed it last year.
The country musician is also survived by children Garry, Connie and Robert, who were born during his union with first wife Mary Sue Dean.